Republican Linda McMahon, capitalizing on voter anger with government, has drawn within 3 percentage points of Democrat Richard Blumenthal in the U.S. Senate race, the latest Quinnipiac University Poll has found.
McMahon now trails just 49- 46 percent, compared to the 6-point Blumenthal lead in a Sept. 14 survey of likely voters.
In the latest survey, 4 percent are undecided and 9 percent of voters who name a candidate say they could change their mind by Election Day. Blumenthal leads 89-9 percent among Democrats. McMahon leads 80-16 percent among Republicans. Independent voters shifted from 47-46 percent for Blumenthal on Sept. 14 to 49-44 percent for McMahon today.
In a gender reversal, women back Blumenthal 56-39 percent while men back McMahon 52-44 percent.
The 33 percent of likely voters who say they are “angry” with the federal government support McMahon 78-20 percent.
“With five weeks to go, the Connecticut Senate race is very close,” said poll director Douglas Schwartz. “Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is ahead by only a statistically insignificant 3 points. Blumenthal has to be concerned about Linda McMahon’s momentum. He can hear her footsteps as she closes in on him.”