In Connecticut, Blumenthal Up by 30 Points, Poll Says
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) just announced his candidacy to replace outgoing Sen. Chris Dodd (D) — and already, a new poll by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm, has him up by at least 30 points on his potential Republican challengers.
Blumenthal leads Rob Simmons 59-28, Linda McMahon 60-28, and Peter Schiff 63-23. That’s quite a contrast from Dodd’s numbers in the same poll, which found him trailing Simmons 44-40, tied with McMahon at 43, and leading Schiff 44-37.
59% of voters in the state have a favorable opinion of Blumenthal to just 19% who view him unfavorably. He’s liked by 71% of Democrats and 60% of independents, and even a slight plurality of Republicans by a 37/35 margin.
The outcome for Democrats in North Dakota, where Sen. Byron Dorgan (D) is vacating his seat at the end of the year, is hardly so rosy.