BLUMENTHAL OPENS 11-POINT LEAD OVER MCMAHON IN NEW Q-POLL; HAS MCMAHON PEAKED?

Democrat Richard Blumenthal has opened up a 54 – 43 percent likely voter lead over Republican Linda McMahon, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released this morning. The new survey calls into question whether McMahon has peaked in the race and Blumenthal has seized the lead for good.

Late last month, Blumenthal had a 49 – 46-percent lead over McMahon.
In today’s Q-poll, 3 percent say they are undecided and 7 percent could change their mind by Election Day. Blumenthal leads 95 – 4 percent among Democrats while McMahon leads 87 – 12 percent among Republicans.

Independent voters, the key voting bloc, went from 49 – 44 percent for McMahon last month to 49 – 44 percent for Blumenthal today. “After Linda McMahon had climbed to within 3 points of Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, he has stopped her momentum and increased his lead by 8 points in two weeks. While September wasn’t very good for Blumenthal, perhaps like Reggie Jackson, he could be called ‘Mr. October,’” said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD.

“Fueled by a surge in support from women, Democrats and independents, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has his best poll numbers since the start of the fall campaign. Linda McMahon may have peaked too soon and her advertising saturation could be causing ‘McMahon fatigue,’” Schwartz said.