With the election less than 24 hours away, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Democratic US Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal with a nine-point lead despite Vince McMahon getting as involved as he possibly could on behalf of his wife, Republican candidate Linda McMahon. Democrat Dan Malloy and Republican Tom Foley are in a dead heat for the governor’s office according to the poll.
Blumenthal leads 53 – 44 percent among likely voters compared to a 54 – 42 percent Blumenthal lead in an October 26 likely voter survey. The governor’s race is now too close to call, with 48 percent of likely voters for Republican Tom Foley and 45 percent for Democrat Dan Malloy, compared to a small 48 – 43 percent Malloy lead October 26.
Blumenthal leads 93 –6 percent among Democrats while McMahon is ahead 87 – 13 percent among Republicans. Independent voters, who went 56 – 40 percent for Blumenthal last week, now tip 49 – 44 percent for McMahon. Only 3 percent are undecided and 5 percent of voters who name a candidate say they could change their mind.
Women back Blumenthal 61 – 36 percent. Men go to McMahon 50 – 46 percent.
“Linda McMahon’s mini surge may be too little, too late,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD. “Independent voters, who have been very volatile in this election season, are shifting back to the Republican candidates in both the Senate and governor’s races.”
By a 53 – 43 percent margin, likely voters have a favorable opinion of Blumenthal, compared to 55 – 39 percent last week. McMahon gets a negative 43 – 50 percent favorability, virtually unchanged from last week.
In the governor’s race, Foley leads 89 – 7 percent among Republicans while Malloy leads 88 – 9 percent among Democrats. Independent voters shift from 50 – 41 percent for Malloy last week to 55 – 33 percent for Foley today. Another 6 percent of likely voters are undecided and 11 percent of those who name a candidate say they might change their mind.
Men back Foley 51 – 43 percent, while women back Malloy 48 – 43 percent.
Malloy gets a split 44 – 41 percent favorability from Connecticut likely voters, compared to 47 – 34 percent last week. Foley’s 48 – 34 percent favorability compares to 45 – 33 percent last week.
“The late deciders are breaking for Tom Foley. There has been a big shift among independents in the final week of the campaign toward the Republican,” Schwartz said.
“Dan Malloy’s unfavorables have risen to the point where he gets a mixed favorability rating for the first time. “For Foley to win, he needs to win the independent vote by a substantial margin, which he is now doing for the first time. But this race is too close to call. With 6 percent still undecided there is still room for movement. “Foley has the numerical lead and the momentum but Malloy still could pull this out.”