Democrat Dan Malloy had a good day on Thursday when the State Elections Enforcement Commission awarded his gubernatorial campaign more than $2 million in public funds, and a new poll by www.rasmussenreports.com places him ahead of GOP endorsed Tom Foley. From Rasmussen:
Democrat Dan Malloy has extended his advantage over Republican Thomas Foley in Connecticut’s gubernatorial contest, according to the first Rasmussen Reports survey following the state conventions in which both candidates received their party’s endorsement.
Malloy earns 44% of Likely Voters in the state, while Foley picks up 35% support. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and 17% are undecided.
Support for Foley is unchanged from last month, but support for Malloy is up six points.
At this point, despite their convention endorsements, both Malloy and Foley still face primary challenges. Voters from both parties will pick their nominees on August 10.
Malloy picks up 42% in a match-up with Foley’s challenger, Republican Lieutenant Governor Michael Fedele, who gets 28% of the vote. This race has changed little over the past two months.
Foley now posts a more modest 38% to 36% lead over the other Democratic hopeful, businessman Ned Lamont who unsuccessfully challenged Joe Lieberman for the U.S. Senate in 2006. In early May, Lamont led Foley 42% to 35%.
Lamont now leads Fedele 43% to 34%. From April to May, support for Fedele dropped 10 points, but his support is back up from 28% last month. Support for Lamont hasn’t dipped below 40% since our first look at this election in early February.
In all these match-ups, nearly one-quarter of the state’s voters are either undecided or prefer some other candidate.
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