A poll conducted after Monday night’s televised U.S. Senate debate shows that Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is 11 points ahead of Linda McMahon.
The Rasmussen Reports statewide phone survey of 750 likely voters indicates that Blumenthal gained six points in a week and that the Democrat has 54-percent support, compared to the Republican McMahon’s 43 percent, with three percent undecided.
Mindy Myers, Blumenthal’s campaign manager, said the results won’t affect their strategy.
“We’re going to keep campaigning as though we’re ten points down and working to make clear that Dick Blumenthal will stand up and fight for the people of Connecticut and Linda McMahon will continue to put profits first,” Myers said in a statement. “That difference is clearer than ever now, as Linda McMahon has talked about cutting the minimum wage and made clear she would stop middle class tax cuts.”
Ed Patru, McMahon’s spokesman, said she’s not concerned about being behind.
“We know the race is much closer based on our numbers, and we’re very encouraged by the growing support Linda’s receiving on the trail,” he said in a statement. “It’s coming not only Republicans and Independents, but also a growing number of Democrats who just don’t believe Dick Blumenthal has a clue how to create jobs, and they don’t believe his plan to raise taxes on the middle class and small businesses will grow our economy.