|GOP Senate candidate Linda McMahon. her daughter Stephanie and son-in-law Triple H.|
“Make no mistake: Connecticut is now truly a battleground state.”
Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal.
The Connecticut Senate race has turned out to be a real nail-biter for Leftist Democrat Congressman Chris Murphy and his Washington allies. Former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon has poured millions into her GOP campaign and has gained in the polls.
Control of the Senate hangs in the balance. Given this kind of pressure, national Democrats have to divert cash from other states, like New Mexico, to give Murphy the boost that was not supposed to be necessary.
Breitbart reports that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is delivering $320,000 to the Murphy campaign for television advertising to quash McMahon’s recent surge. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found McMahon ahead of Murphy, 49%-46%.
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Regarding Murphy’s situation, political scientist Larry Sabato, of the University of Virginia, said, “The party is undertaking a rescue operation, that’s what this is. Once you get on the defensive, it’s really hard to reverse that. He needs outside help- he can’t do this without it.”
McMahon’s timing could not be more perfect. Her campaign is capitalizing on the fact that Murphy is relatively unknown outside of his own congressional district, a different situation than McMahon faced during her first Senate race in 2010 against the state’s long-time attorney general, now Sen. Richard Blumenthal. In addition, Murphy’s recent mortgage controversy and self-admitted irresponsibility in his personal financial affairs have the potential to leave a bad taste in the mouths of voters who currently don’t know him well.
However, Murphy’s campaign has sounded the alarm and Democrats are responding in the state. A “regiment” of 250 liberal Democrats showed up in New Haven on Sunday to help strategize for Murphy, who has also just switched media consultants. So anxious are the Democrats that even the “big guns” showed up to rally the troops.
“Make no mistake: Connecticut is now truly a battleground state,” said Sen. Blumenthal. “We are going to have to work hard and as long as possible to elect Chris Murphy.”
|Republican Senate hopeful Linda McMahon and former Connecticut Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley during her news conference announcing her second bid for U.S. Senate.|