The walls are closing in around Linda McMahon in her senate race against Chris Murphy in Connecticut. Her latest effort to get necessary Democratic votes by aligning herself with President Obama in an ad has backfired. She's even been forced by local news to fact-check her own ad, and comes up short.
Reporter: Can you think of any areas where you and the President agree?She's a fraud. Connecticut voters seem to be remembering that about her, too. An internal poll released by the Murphy campaign yesterday showed a six-point lead for the Democrat, and a new poll from Quinnipiac confirms that lead.
McMahon: [Extended Pause] Where President Obama and I, well, you know what, I’m, [Pause] I’m concentrating on running for the United States Senate here in Connecticut and so I am running this race to win and so I have got my plan that I’ve been talking about since I got into the race and that’s the plan to put our people back to work and give us a middle class tax cut and all the things that are a part of my plan. So that’s my focus in this state.
McMahon Aide: We gotta go.
Women and older voters are shifting away from Linda McMahon, the Republican candidate in Connecticut's U.S. Senate race, giving U.S. Rep. Christopher Murphy, the Democrat, a 49 - 43 percent likely voter lead, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
This compares to the results of an October 4 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, showing McMahon with 48 percent to Murphy with 47 percent. [...]
"It's déjà vu all over again in the Connecticut Senate race. As we hit the final stretch of the campaign, Linda McMahon is beginning to fade, as she did in her 2010 run against Richard Blumenthal," said Douglas Schwartz, PhD, director of the Quinnipiac University poll.
"Has she hit her ceiling? She took 43 percent of the vote in 2010, losing by 12 points to Blumenthal. Two weeks before the election, she is back at 43 percent."
The margin of error is 2.6 percent. Murphy appears to be pulling away and solidifying his lead, gaining with women and with older voters. That makes sense, since McMahon keeps screwing herself up on Medicare, on Social Security, and on choice. Her stumbles on these issues have exposed her tea party extremism.
Quinnipiac still sees volatility here, though, because "11 percent of Murphy voters and 14 percent of McMahon voters say they might change their mind in the next 13 days."