Poll: Conn. Primary for Democratic Gov. Too Close to Call

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010  |  Updated 10:24 AM EDT
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Poll: Conn. Primary for Democratic Gov. Too Close to Call

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Polls opened today in Connecticut's Democratic primary for governor, pollsters at Quinnipiac University say the race is going down to the wire.

Forty-five percent of voters likely to cast a decision on Tuesday said they would choose businessman Ned Lamont, while 42 percent would go with former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy at 42 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to a 45 to 40 percent Lamont lead earlier this month.

Today, 12 percent remain undecided and 30 percent of those who choose a candidate say they might change their mind.

The Republican primary seems to be more of a lock: Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon is pulling away from Rob Simmons and now leads 50 to 28 percent, with 15 percent for Peter Schiff, compared to 47 to 30 percent in survey by the university on Aug. 4. Today, 7 percent are undecided and 30 percent of those who choose a candidate say they might change their mind.

Lt. Gov. Mike Fedele is shortening former ambassador Tom Foley's lead. Among Republican likely primary voters, Fedele trails Foley 38 to 30 percent, compared to 41 to 26 percent Aug. 5. Today, Oz Griebel has 17 percent, and 14 percent remain undecided while 47 percent of those who choose a candidate say they might change their mind.

"The Democratic governor's race between Ned Lamont and Dan Malloy is too close to call and the Republican governor's race between Tom Foley and Lt. Gov. Mike Fedele could produce a surprise," Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said.

"In the Republican Senate contest, it looks like Rob Simmons would need more than a surprise; he would need a miracle to catch Linda McMahon. But in politics, miracles do happen." 

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