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May 19, 2010

CT Senate Race: Blumenthal Didn't Drop Out Of CT Senate Race, But His Poll Numbers Are Dropping During It. A Lot

So says ObergrupenMcPollster.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Connecticut finds Blumenthal with just a three-point advantage over Linda McMahon, 48% to 45%. Two weeks ago, he led the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment by 13 percentage points. The New York Times story broke late Monday; the survey was taken Tuesday evening.

When matched against former GOP Congressman Rob Simmons, Blumenthal leads by 11 - 50% to 39%. Two weeks ago, the longtime state attorney general held a 23-point lead over Simmons.

Blumenthal now leads Peter Schiff, a high-profile Wall Street investment banker, 53% to 37%. In the previous survey, he posted a 54% to 29% lead over Schiff.

Still, just 26% of voters say Blumenthal should withdraw from the Senate race. Only nine percent (9%) of Democrats hold that view.

However, 53% of voters say “the issue of Blumenthal and his military service” will be at least somewhat important in terms of how they vote. That figure includes 27% who say the issue is Very Important. Among voters not affiliated with either major political party, 25% consider this issue Very Important.

To add insult to injury, one of the vets Blumenthal surrounded himself with yesterday looks like he has his own issues with exaggerating his service. Birds of a feather and all.

How bad is what Blumenthal did? Chris Matthews (Chris Matthews!) just destroyed him last night at several points in his 2 shows. Here's how he closed his second live show yesterday.

We have a lot of fun beating up Matthews and for good reason but credit where it's due. He didn't spin it or parse it (like Marc Ambinder tries to do), he just laid into the guy. Good for him.


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