The first Rasmussen Reports post-primary telephone survey of Likely Connecticut Voters finds that Democrat Richard Blumenthal has slipped below the 50% mark of support this month against Republican Linda McMahon in the state’s U.S. Senate race.
Blumenthal, the state’s longtime attorney general, picks up 47% of the vote, while McMahon earns 40%. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and seven percent (7%) remain undecided.
Support for McMahon is unchanged from last month, despite her GOP Primary win on Tuesday. Blumenthal’s support is down six points since then. In June, Blumenthal held a 56% to 33% lead over McMahon, the former head of Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment.
Since March, support for Blumenthal against McMahon has ranged from 48% to 60%, while she has largely remained in the 30s. Her support spiked briefly to 45% in May just after a New York Times report that Blumenthal had embellished his military record in public statements over the years.
The latest results shift this race from Solid Democratic to Leans Democratic in the Rasmussen Reports Senate Balance of Power Rankings.
This statewide telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters in Connecticut was conducted on August 11, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.