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This Way To The Egress

A recent Quinnipiac poll shows Linda McMahon within striking distance of Attorney General Richard Blumenthal who, despite an unending stream of press releases touting his triumphs as attorney general, this year is actually running for the U.S. senate.

McMahon has shaved Blumenthal’s once awesome 40 point lead to 6 points.

In further bad news for Blumenthal, Quinnipiac reports that President Barack Obama is on the downslide in Connecticut, which Obama carried by an overwhelming majority just two years ago. A majority of likely voters -- 52% -- in the Quinnipiac poll disapprove of how Obama is handling his job as president. Only 45% approve of his performance.

The National Journal reports:

“The numbers suggest that Obama is struggling even in deep blue states like Connecticut. Obama carried Connecticut by more than 20 points over John McCain (R) in '08.

“The poll also indicates that Dem candidates may be wary of having Obama on the stump. Quinnipiac's polling director, Peter Schwartz, suggested that Obama is a drag on AG Richard Blumenthal's chances in the Connecticut Senate race -- even as he heads to Connecticut this week to campaign for the Democrat. The Quinnipiac survey found Blumenthal leading former WWE CEO Linda McMahon by 6 points -- 51% to 45%.”

Independents are on the move:

“Obama is struggling among independents in particular. Nearly 6 in 10 -- 58% -- independents disapprove of Obama's job performance. Only 38% approve.”

Obama will be stumping for Blumenthal in Stamford on September 16th.

The depressing figures indicate that former Democratic Party Chairman John Droney may well turn out to be a prophet unloved in his own party.

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