|The GOP's Linda McMahon may steal Connecticut's |
Senate seat from the Democrats.
Latest Rasmussen Reports poll.
47% - Linda McMahon (Republican)
48% - Chris Murphy (Socialist Democrat)
A major Senate upset is in the making. Republican Linda McMahon is close to taking away the Democrat Senate seat in deep blue Connecticut.
In the final weeks of Connecticut’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, Republican Linda McMahon and Democrat Chris Murphy see female voters as key to winning the open seat in the tight contest.
On Tuesday, both made appeals to women. Murphy held a rally in Hartford with three female U.S. senators while McMahon launched two new TV ads accusing Murphy of paying his female congressional staff less than the men.
Recent polls show Murphy, the 5th Congressional District representative, has the edge among women. But McMahon, a former professional wrestling executive, has devoted more than a year making in-roads with this constituency, following her 2010 Senate loss to Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who received three out of every five votes from women reports the Associated Press.
Linda McMahon for Senate
McMahon and Murphy are vying for the seat now held by independent U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, who is retiring. The race is seen as crucial in the battle for control of the U.S. Senate.
McMahon has insisted that as a woman, mother and grandmother, she supports women’s health care issues. But she also has said repeatedly that the top issue for women she meets is the economy and that they welcome electing a successful businesswoman who has a six-point plan to boost the economy and increase jobs.
McMahon’s campaign released two TV ads Tuesday, taking Murphy to task for allegedly accusing McMahon of being ‘‘anti-woman.’’ In a new charge, the campaign says congressional pay records show Murphy has paid female staffers in his office 50 percent less than male staffers.
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