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Chris Murphy on the way to the Senate
Hot off the presses, the Hartford Courant gives Chris Murphy a real lead in the Connecticut Senate race.
After emphasizing women's issues and increasing his support among females, Democrat Chris Murphy has pulled ahead of Republican Linda McMahon by 6 percentage points in the U.S. Senate race in the latest University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant poll.
Among likely voters, Murphy leads McMahon, 44 percent to 38 percent, with 17 percent of voters still undecided.[...]

The survey of 574 randomly selected likely voters, taken between Oct. 11 and 16, showed that Murphy had the support of 50 percent of women, compared with 32 percent for McMahon. By contrast, McMahon leads among men, 45 percent to 37 percent.

The margin of error is four points, so Murphy's not out of the woods, but he's on the right side of the momentum push with less than three weeks to go. It helps that McMahon continues to provide him with plenty of ammunition, particularly among women, with her confused positions on choice and on emergency contraception. Women's organizations aren't going to let her get away with trying to confuse the issue.

And that's helping to create a narrative that will remind Connecticut voters of the past McMahon is trying to scrub.

The Connecticut Democratic Party last month tried reviving attacks on McMahon using old video clips from WWE productions, which have been broadcast on cable television for years.

One segment, subsequently disabled online, began with the statement, “What Linda McMahon doesn’t want you to see.” It showed two female wrestlers stripping to their underwear in the ring and fondling each other before two male wrestlers appear and beat them unconscious during the televised show.

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Another now-removed clip showed simulated sex acts between a male and female wrestler, first in the ring and then in what appears to be a funeral home with the woman in a casket.

The clips have been available for years, and are just now disappearing from the internet. McMahon's husband Vince still runs the company, which says officially, “Any assertion that WWE is coordinating with Linda McMahon’s U.S. Senate campaign is false; to do so would be unlawful." Sounds like there might be something else McMahon gets in trouble for.

Please send Chris Murphy $3 on ActBlue.

1:46 PM PT: And this just in: PPP just released this poll for the League of Conservation Voters showing a 48-44 lead for Murphy. He's getting 16 percent of Republicans, has a 48-42 lead among women, and is tied at 47 with men.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 01:34 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (26+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 01:34:37 PM PDT

  •  Wonderful news to read! Thanks. (5+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, ExStr8, Danali, Matt Z, Larsstephens

    I will donate!

  •  Fear The Chairwoman (6+ / 0-)

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 01:42:43 PM PDT

  •  I never had any doubts about the contours of this (2+ / 0-)
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    Twodaiquiris, annieli

    race or the race in Connecticut. It is going to be very difficult for any Republican who isn't an incumbent to beat a Democrat in a presidential cycle in either of these two states.

    I did, however, have some doubts about the candidates. In both cases, the candidates abilities on the hustings have improved dramatically. Most importantly, both appear to be excellent closers. Its the closers who win.

    All New England Democrats are going to coast to victory is my prediction. That includes the Monster in Maine, Angus King.

    •  Chris Murphy's been winning state elections (5+ / 0-)

      ..since he was 25 years old, beating a 14-year incumbent back in 1998.

      Once Linda McMahon got out of her own comfort zone her own deficiencies as a candidate became glaringly obvious.

      •  Indeed. (2+ / 0-)
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        I just didn't think he was handling the personal finances issue well. That is usually always damaging to a candidate. However, he did recover nicely and totally kicked ass in debate. He's also moving around the state a lot more than McMahon.

        Looking real good out there right about now.

        •  Perhaps, but to put that in perspective (1+ / 0-)
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          Chris Murphy was four months late paying his property taxes in 2005, owing $1890, which he eventually paid with interest, albeit four months overdue.

          Linda and Vince McMahon still have yet to pay creditors nearly a million dollars from a bankruptcy back in 1976.

          HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon and her husband owed 26 creditors a total of just under $1 million when they filed for personal bankruptcy protection in 1976, according to documents obtained by a newspaper.

          McMahon, a Republican, has used the narrative of rising out of bankruptcy to become the successful CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment as a part of her campaign. She had previously said she had no records from the bankruptcy.

          The Day of New London found the records in the National Archives and Records Administration in Massachusetts and reported on them Wednesday.

          The bankruptcy records show $955,805 in debt, which included $364,492 owed to the former Mattatuck Bank & Trust Co. of Waterbury; $109,575 to Harold J. Hemingway, who the McMahon campaign said was an official with the former North American Bank & Trust Co.; and $100,064 to the Internal Revenue Service. A court discharged the debts in February 1977.

          IOKIYR and very rich.

  •  Gender dysphoria (3+ / 0-)
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    I continue to be disappointed that men seem to prefer these retrogressive candidates.

    I'm glad the women have more sense. I just don't get why men don't too.

    "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

    by Demi Moaned on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 04:36:14 PM PDT

    •  Women don't have "more sense", they (3+ / 0-)
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      have an interest in the result that men don't.  It's a pretty elementary rule of politics that the degree to which an issue directly effects you greatly impacts the degree to which you care about it, and how much relative importance you place on it (a perennial problem for the gay rights movement, since straight voters who are pro-gay rights mostly just don't have the same degree of personal investment that actual gay people do); McMahon's record on "women's issues" is obviously of more direct concern to women (though the gap between men and women voters here isn't that big, only a few percentage points).

      •  32% vs. 45% is more than a few percentage points (1+ / 0-)
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        I certainly get that men are not going to care as much about issues that don't affect them quite as directly. What I don't get is what the plus is that McMahon is offering to men that outweighs her stands on reproductive issues.

        To me it seems like a case of:

        Yeah, I'm voting for McMahon she may not be good on women's issues, but at least she's stupid and dishonest.

        "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

        by Demi Moaned on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 05:16:18 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Actually the gap in this race (2+ / 0-)
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      is smaller than in most polls elsewhere, IIRC. 47% of state men prefer brawlers to thinkers. Otherwise they'd all be watching Moyers instead of WWE.

      Remember what happened when we turned the country over to that dumbass rich kid? So now we're thinking about doing it again? Really?

      by DaveW on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 05:18:08 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  'bagger hecklers at their third debate (4+ / 0-)
    n a sign of how close the race has become and its importance to the party makeup of the U.S. Senate, the third debate between Chris Murphy and Linda McMahon was noted for the hecklers and protestors in the New London venue.

    The Day, one of the debate's sponsors, said in Tuesday's newspaper that the audience of 625 applauded and booed even after they had been asked to refrain. Murphy later claimed it was a McMahon strategy to throw him off his game.

    "Linda McMahon brought a bunch of people here to try to shout me down off the stage because she's afraid of debating," Murphy told The Day after the debate. "She didn't fare too well in the first two debates, so her tactic tonight was to try and bring a bunch of people who would disrupt the debates."

    Audience disruptions also caused McMahon's closing statement to be cut because the debate was aired live and time elapsed. Both closing statements were replayed on WTNH-TV during later news broadcasts.

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 04:38:46 PM PDT

  •  This is one of those races that the polls (4+ / 0-)
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    ...flatter the Republican.

    Murphy will likely win this one by around 5%, but it would have been more if he were well-known and hadn't been outspent 4-1.

  •  and this came out... (2+ / 0-)
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    Last Saturday, I received anonymously, by regular first-class mail, an envelope with a “SOUTHERN CT” postmark. (WWE is headquartered in Stamford.) The envelope contained one sheet of paper; I have uploaded a copy to After conferring with several knowledgeable sources, I believe this is likely an internal company document leaked by a WWE employee.

    WWE spokesman Kevin Hennessy has not returned an email requesting comment.

    The document appears to summarize the disposition of tax audits of WWE by both the federal government and various states. By way of perspective, I should emphasize that all companies of WWE’s size might very have small and large tax disputes with government agencies on a regular basis.

    Whatever the context, the document shows that in a Connecticut tax audit for the period “04/30/05 thru 12/31/07,” a settlement was reached in the amount of $4.4 million. WWE also “agreed on going forward methodology,” presumably to forestall future such audits.

    "...i also also want a legally binding apology." -George Rockwell

    by thankgodforairamerica on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 04:39:53 PM PDT

  •  I like how things are turning here. (4+ / 0-)
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    Still waiting for Romney to release his source code!

    by Twodaiquiris on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 04:43:11 PM PDT

  •  Oh yes!!! (2+ / 0-)
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    Chris is a personal friend, an honest square shooting person.
    To watch Linda run these god awful ads accusing Chris of getting "sweet heart deals" makes me sick.


    "Live right. Think left." Gregory Peck

    by bookwoman on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 04:49:45 PM PDT

  •  I'm having a problem with people (0+ / 0-)

    constantly bringing up the WWE skits and matches.

    If it's not okay to judge, say, Al Franken based on the roles he's played in comedy sketches, or a candidate because she plays World of Warcraft, why is it okay to go after McMahon because the company she helped build also engages in fictional entertainment?

  •  If you need a link of McMahon kicking her hubby (1+ / 0-)
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    in the balls, I put one at the bottom of that business week article.  It's the only comment so far.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 04:53:32 PM PDT

  •  Hope Murphy is a true progressive unlike... (3+ / 0-)
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    Leiberman.  Never could stand Leiberman, and I'm glad he's out of there soon.

    •  He's definitely to the left of Lieberman (0+ / 0-)

      though, he wasn't the most liberal Democrat in the House, either.  I'd say he was somewhere in the middle of the House Democrats, maybe a bit to the left of center among Democrats.

      (Just a guess on my part)

      "I'm not a member of an organized political party - I'm a Democrat." Will Rogers

      by newjeffct on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 06:14:01 PM PDT

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  •  Why not use some of the McMahon Family Feud (1+ / 0-)
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    or the storyline where her daughter was "taken" from her bachelorette party, 'drugged", and "married" to her abductor by a justice of the peace. Ask her if rape would have been involved, what would have her advice to her 23 year old daughter been?.

  •  This is really great news (4+ / 0-)
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    Down here in New York City Linda McMahon is spending big on very negative commercials. I hope she spends herself into the poorhouse and then looses big.  

  •  Those numbers are better than they look. (1+ / 0-)
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    48-44 is good, but not great, but there's huge room for improvement with female voters. There's no reason to think the tie among men will shift radically, so this sure looks like a lead that will either remain stable or grow before election day.

    Remember what happened when we turned the country over to that dumbass rich kid? So now we're thinking about doing it again? Really?

    by DaveW on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 05:12:48 PM PDT

  •  Interesting (0+ / 0-)

    Because I just heard the exact opposite on the local news. To wit: the race is a dead heat according to the latest polls, and a significant number of Democrats favor McMahon in this election.

    Not that I would ever trust what the media tells me. The narrative is being pushed, though. I really hope Murphy pulls this one out.

  •  My mom is pretty middle of the road (0+ / 0-)

    when it comes to politics, and she said McMahon was horrible in the debates with Chris Murphy.

    "I'm not a member of an organized political party - I'm a Democrat." Will Rogers

    by newjeffct on Thu Oct 18, 2012 at 06:09:38 PM PDT

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