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Rasmussen: Linda McMahon leads in CT, 49/46
Hotair ^ | 08/22/2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 08/22/2012 12:20:32 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

There's no way that Republicans can lose a Senate race in Missouri while winning two in Massachusetts and Connecticut ... right? Would Spock have to wear a goatee in that universe? Rasmussen’s new poll in the Nutmeg State shows Republican nominee Linda McMahon out to a slight lead over Democratic nominee Chris Murphy in their first look at the general election race for Joe Lieberman's US Senate seat:

Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon holds a narrow lead over Democratic Congressman Chris Murphy in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at Connecticut’s U.S. Senate race.

A new telephone survey of Likely Voters in Connecticut shows McMahon with 49% of the vote to Murphy’s 46%. One percent (1%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.

McMahon will surely make Murphy's support for ObamaCare a big issue in the election, but Rasmussen sees that as more of a push:

Murphy voted in favor of President Obama’s health care reform law and has publicly stated that the law will save money on Medicare. When it comes to the future of Medicare, 44% of Connecticut voters are scared more by the president’s health care law than the reform proposal by Mitt Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan. But just as many (43%) say they are more scared of Ryan’s proposal on Medicare. Connecticut voters are more evenly divided on the question than voters are nationwide.

Eighty percent (80%) of Connecticut voters who fear the health care law’s impact on Medicare more support McMahon. Murphy is backed by 77% of those who fear Ryan’s plan for Medicare more.

This can’t be right, can it? Rasmussen must be using a Republican-friendly sample, people will assume … but they’d be wrong. In fact, the sample D/R/I (46/32/22) more closely resembles the 2008 Democratic wave exit polls (43/27/31) than the 2010 exit polls (39/28/33) for Connecticut. Remember that Republicans lost the Senate seat in 2010 even with the narrower gap in turnout, too. Murphy has a seven-point lead among women, which Rasmussen oversamples (56/44) in comparison to 2008 (53/47) and 2010 (49/51). The poll sample, if anything, might be tilted a little in Murphy’s favor.

So how does McMahon get her lead? She has a 24-point margin among independents, 55/31, for one thing. McMahon only trails by nine among voters under 40 (40/49), but gets a majority of the other two age demos, including an 18-point lead among seniors. Both candidates are seen favorably by voters, but McMahon’s 54/43 is slightly better than Murphy’s 50/41. Among independents, though, McMahon again far outpaces Murphy, with a 57/36 compared to Murphy’s 38/46 — and only 6% of independents view Murphy “very favorably,” as opposed to 23% for McMahon.

The big difference, besides the obvious advantage among independents, is probably the economy. Democrats will be on defense, especially Murphy, who currently has a seat in the House. Only 5% of voters rate the economy as “good,” with no one rating it excellent. A majority of 57% rate it “poor,” and another 37% only rate it “fair.” That will not help an incumbent, not even in Connecticut.

If McMahon can maintain her advantage over Murphy, the GOP may get an unexpected pickup to make up for the now-expected loss in Missouri. It might also force Obama to spend some resources to make sure McMahon doesn’t drive enough turnout to have Connecticut voters thinking about change at the very top of the ticket, too.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: connecticut; ct; lindamcmahon; senate

1 posted on 08/22/2012 12:20:40 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

CT goes Republican??? Love to see it, but I’ll believe it when I see pigs fly. Of course, Scott Brown did win an open seat in MA last time........


2 posted on 08/22/2012 12:24:09 PM PDT by W1_hooyah (I actually did vote for John Kerry, right before I voted against him.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow... puttin the smack down on her opponent.


3 posted on 08/22/2012 12:24:11 PM PDT by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Would Spock have to wear a goatee in that universe?”

“Mirror Mirror,” one of my favorite Original Series episodes. Some one please post the photo of Spock in the goatee. Oh heck, forget that. How about Uhura in the “two piece” uniform? A much better image...


4 posted on 08/22/2012 12:25:33 PM PDT by henkster (We're the slaves of the phony leaders...)
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To: Paradox

Probably not in my area in the nw corner...here it’s all Chris Murphy drones.


5 posted on 08/22/2012 12:26:10 PM PDT by madmominct
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To: SeekAndFind
to have Connecticut voters thinking about change at the very top of the ticket, too

I think a lot of voters are thinking just that, but aren't saying it out loud yet.

6 posted on 08/22/2012 12:26:22 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: SeekAndFind

A hopeful sign.


7 posted on 08/22/2012 12:26:34 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Also have to consider that many voters will vote for McMahon because they are WWE fans. I hope she wins it would take a huge load off of the whole MO Senate race


8 posted on 08/22/2012 12:30:02 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: SeekAndFind

God BLESS this lady!!!!!


9 posted on 08/22/2012 12:31:48 PM PDT by ZULU (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd)
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To: henkster

How about a picture of Uhura meeting Obama in the oval office!


10 posted on 08/22/2012 12:31:54 PM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: W1_hooyah

Linda was making the rounds at our annual oyster festival last Saturday in Milford. Meanwhile the Dems’ tent was swarmed with AFSCME and SEIU members all wearing purple 99%er t-shirts. They played the part of angry rent-a-thugs too well. It was a stark contrast. I’ve been optimistic since then.


11 posted on 08/22/2012 12:31:59 PM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: W1_hooyah

I’ve been trying to tell folks here for a while, but even few here want to listen. The real political discussion by October will be will the Republicans get 60 Senate Seats. Only the biggest leftist kool aid drinkers will remotely trying to argue Obama has any prayer of re-election.

There is a landslide coming, up and down the ballot, and its going to make 2010 and 1994 look like they were good days for democrats by comparison.


12 posted on 08/22/2012 12:33:03 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: SeekAndFind

the GOP may get an unexpected pickup to make up for the now-expected loss in Missouri.”

Maybe, maybe not.....I’d love to see Akin put it to the Dem.


13 posted on 08/22/2012 12:36:30 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: W1_hooyah; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; sickoflibs; AuH2ORepublican
>> I’ll believe it when I see pigs fly. <<

Ditto. I'm not buying this poll. McMahon got crushed by an opponent far worst than Murphy last time, in an otherwise great year for the GOP. If she wins this time, I'll eat my hat. At least those who think John Raese has a prayer in West Virginia are clinging to the hope that they'll be coattails from Romney winning big in that state. What has McMahon got? The state is safe RAT for Obama so it's hard to believe they're that peeved about Obamacare.

IMO, we should focus on taking RAT-held Senate seats in Nebraska, Wisconsin, Virgina, Ohio, Montana, Michigan, Florida, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania. The idea that Conn. is "in play" is a distraction for the GOP and diverts our resources from where they are needed. We'd probably have a better chance at taking New Mexico and Hawaii from the RATs, and both of those are unlikely as it is.

14 posted on 08/22/2012 12:37:00 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: Dr. Ursus

No thanks. I was thinking of the Uhura of 1968...


15 posted on 08/22/2012 12:40:39 PM PDT by henkster (We're the slaves of the phony leaders...)
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To: HamiltonJay

You are making my head spin and heart quiver!!!! Wow, that’s a bold and awesome prediction!


16 posted on 08/22/2012 12:41:47 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: HamiltonJay

’ve been trying to tell folks here for a while, but even few here want to listen. The real political discussion by October will be will the Republicans get 60 Senate Seats. Only the biggest leftist kool aid drinkers will remotely trying to argue Obama has any prayer of re-election.

There is a landslide coming, up and down the ballot, and its going to make 2010 and 1994 look like they were good days for democrats by comparison.
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Man, I hope you are right. I would take a Romney squeaker...anything...just get that Clown out of the WH.


17 posted on 08/22/2012 12:44:51 PM PDT by Tulane
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To: henkster
Some one please post the photo of Spock in the goatee.

Ask and it shall be given you.


18 posted on 08/22/2012 12:45:01 PM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (2010 All Over Again. Make it happen. Get Busy!)
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To: BillyBoy

I’m not buying either. I’ll gladly take the CN Senate seat if it happens. That would mean a bloodbath for the democrats nationally, and I would party like it’s 1980. Come to think of it, 1980 was a continuous party...but I digress...

In addition to the seats you list, don’t forget we have to play defense too. Indiana polls show Mourdock, who deposed Lugar, more or less even with Donnelly. Despite the fact that Romney is running away with Indiana and Pence will likely defeat Gregg for Governor, Donelly is running effective ads and Mourdock has not yet responded.


19 posted on 08/22/2012 12:46:04 PM PDT by henkster (We're the slaves of the phony leaders...)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Awesome! Thank you.


20 posted on 08/22/2012 12:48:27 PM PDT by henkster (We're the slaves of the phony leaders...)
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To: HamiltonJay

I expect the final tally in the POTUS race to not be close. Current polls in no way, shape, or form are reflecting reality in terms of motivation to remove this POS from office. I predict that turnout on the GOP will be shockingly big.


21 posted on 08/22/2012 12:49:57 PM PDT by tatown ( FUMD, FUAC, and FUGB)
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To: Palmetto Patriot

Post the picture of the Vulcan chick in her mirror universe uniform!! Now that’s a nice visual!


22 posted on 08/22/2012 12:50:12 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: SeekAndFind
When discussing Obamacare, the Reps must emphasize IPAB (Death Panel) and the impact on seniors. This is the law. Ryan had a plan that was never passed by Congress. What affects you more--an existing law or a plan that must be passed by Congress and signed by the President?

The discussion of numbers is too esoteric for many. Ehe visceral issue of a Death Panel is far more effective politically.

23 posted on 08/22/2012 12:53:04 PM PDT by kabar
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To: SeekAndFind
Not to pick nits, but I think it's a Van Dyke that Spock sported in an alternate universe, not a goatee.


24 posted on 08/22/2012 12:58:16 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: SeekAndFind

Madison - Rolling on from last week’s primary victory, Republican Tommy Thompson leads Democrat Tammy Baldwin in the U.S. Senate race, two new polls show.

A poll by Marquette University Law School found the former governor leading the U.S. representative from Madison by 50%-41%. That lead for the former longtime governor and former federal Health and Human Services secretary was just larger than the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 4.2% percentage points.

The telephone poll was conducted on August 16-19 with 576 likely voters and included cellphones in its sample.

Also Wednesday, a new poll by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling gave Thompson a 49%-44% lead, a bump from a poll by the firm in July that had the pair tied at 45%. The margin is still just within the 2.7% margin of error for the poll, which surveyed 1,308 likely voted using an automated telephone survey.


25 posted on 08/22/2012 1:02:20 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: tatown

Obama has a MAX popular vote number of 42-43%, and thats if he runs a perfect campaign, his campaign is a joke. I Honestly think this guy will be LUCKY to hit 40% of the vote on election day. He may very well get a lower pecentage of the vote than Hoover in 1932. We are looking at a repudiation of an administration of epic proportions folks... This isn’t going to be a squeaker.

Obviously fight like it is, but there is no way its going ot happen.

If everything were to remain static from 2008 to today just 1 in 14 obama voters would have to change their minds for him to lose. Does anyone really thing a guy who has presided over the biggest disaster of an administration in 100 years isn’t going to lose 1 in 14 of his supporters? Seriously, fewer folks are going to have JOBS the day his term ends than the day he took office!! No president in the modern era can make that claim, not EVEN CARTER!!!

Factor in that things won’t be static from 2008, Republicans won’t be sitting on their hands this time around. I fully expect at the end of the day independents will break close to 2-1 for Romney. IN some polling a full 20% of democrats are admitting they will vote for Romney, when just swing states are polled Obama is down roughly 10 points today... Do you think his numbers can go up??

42-43%, that’s his popular vote max.. and I franly don’t think he’ll hit that.


26 posted on 08/22/2012 1:04:00 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: SeekAndFind; mickie
"....the expected loss in Missouri....."

Sorry, wrong number.

The GOP will take Missouri no matter if Akin or any one of the other two run.

The GOP will lose if there is a write-in candidate.

Leni

27 posted on 08/22/2012 1:08:16 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: henkster

Barbara Luna was hot in that episode, too.


28 posted on 08/22/2012 1:18:30 PM PDT by JPG (Make it happen.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I haven’t seen a lot of Linda McMahon, but what I have seen has impressed me. She’s a tough, smart lady. I probably wouldn’t agree with her on every issue (i.e. she’s probably more liberal on some things than I would like) , but Connecticut is another one of those states where I think you have to pick your battles. If she ends up being the equivalent of a Scott Brown, I could certainly live with that as the “replacement” for Joe Lieberman.


29 posted on 08/22/2012 1:20:18 PM PDT by DemforBush
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To: Paradox
Wow... puttin the smack down on her opponent.

I was going to say the same thing...or well, I'll believe it when I see 'Alberto DelRio' drive a FIAT 500 into the arena, instead of the cars ($150K+) that he drives.

Maybe, CT voters are going to pick up 3 house seats (CT-2, CT-4 and CT-5) for the GOP. (CT-1 John Larson and CT-3 Rosie DeNutjob are to LIBERAL to go GOP, even thought John Larson talks - in the district like a conservative - he votes like a LIB and CT-3 is home of New Mexico City (fka New Haven, so Rosie will win!)

Could someone please vote GOP for the state races!! Please!!

30 posted on 08/22/2012 1:32:37 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!)
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To: BillyBoy; Biggirl; TheBigB; LS
I disagree about Connecticut. 0bama won Conn by 20+ points in 2008. The last poll had him up by 8. The GOP is up 20 in NE, no need to waste money there now, we will later to ensure all districts go from Romney. I have not heard any polls from PA.
31 posted on 08/22/2012 1:43:29 PM PDT by Perdogg (Mutts for Mitt all agree - Better in the crate than on the plate)
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To: madmominct
Probably not in my area in the nw corner...here it’s all Chris Murphy drones.

The Small towns of the Litchfield Hills are trending Democratic? I hope Roxbury, Bethleham and Morris are Republican.

I hope South Windsor and Glastonbury will go for Romney!! (My towns that I spent time in!! the other town I grew up in (East Hartford won't vote for Romney!)

32 posted on 08/22/2012 1:51:35 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!)
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To: DemforBush

She had the question of the race last time:

Something like “How do you create a job?” that had her opponent completely deer in the headlights.

Who knows I hope the numbers are true. Two years ago mayve everyone in CT could still convince themselves that Obama would turn it around.

Maybe reality hit them all like a 2x4 in between the eyes these last two years and its dulling the effect of the kool aie.

We’ll see.


33 posted on 08/22/2012 1:59:03 PM PDT by MNlurker
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To: HamiltonJay

Obama got 50% of male voters in 2008. Heh... Anyone think that’s going to happen again? I think not.


34 posted on 08/22/2012 2:23:49 PM PDT by SunStar (Democrats piss me off!)
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To: W1_hooyah

CT Goes Republican???

It Is entirely Possible. Don’t sell her short.

If we could get the voter registration rolls clean of non-legal names, and post armed guards at all the Cemeteries to keep the RATS from re-collecting their loyalists, ......

CT’s got a Tax-o-RAT Governor. He may just be enough of a ugly reminder to Get Linda elected.


35 posted on 08/22/2012 2:26:00 PM PDT by To-Whose-Benefit? (It is Error alone which needs the support of Government. The Truth can stand by itself.)
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To: HamiltonJay
I’ve been trying to tell folks here for a while, but even few here want to listen. The real political discussion by October will be will the Republicans get 60 Senate Seats. Only the biggest leftist kool aid drinkers will remotely trying to argue Obama has any prayer of re-election.

Yes, most signs if not all point in that direction. The Dims have overplayed their predilections for Marxism, and their media can't cover the Dems for what has happened over the last 4 years and what will happen in the future if there is no change in direction.

36 posted on 08/22/2012 2:34:03 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: ExCTCitizen
Wow... puttin the smack down on her opponent. I was going to say the same thing...or well, I'll believe it when I see 'Alberto DelRio' drive a FIAT 500 into the arena, instead of the cars ($150K+) that he drives

Isn't it interesting how wrestling imitates the goings on in the dem party? All the stuff the "bad guys" get away with that everyone except the ref sees. Art, in a manner of speaking, imitating life. Especially how CM Punk schtick of demanding respect, isn't he emulating the crybaby-in-cheif? If I lived in CT Mrs. McMahon would definately have my vote.

37 posted on 08/22/2012 6:22:57 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: ExCTCitizen
Wow... puttin the smack down on her opponent. I was going to say the same thing...or well, I'll believe it when I see 'Alberto DelRio' drive a FIAT 500 into the arena, instead of the cars ($150K+) that he drives

Isn't it interesting how wrestling imitates the goings on in the dem party? All the stuff the "bad guys" get away with that everyone except the ref sees. Art, in a manner of speaking, imitating life. Especially CM Punk's schtick of demanding respect, isn't he emulating the crybaby-in-cheif? If I lived in CT Mrs. McMahon would definately have my vote.

38 posted on 08/22/2012 6:23:45 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Well the election this November will be one hell of a shock for a lot of people.

Mainstream media predictably has this election as a "horse race" but they are deep in denial. We are going to see a GOP landslide that might well outperform that of 1980.

Furthermore, I believe that Mitt Romney might shock a lot of conservatives who have written him off as a hopeless RINO. The choice of Paul Ryan is only the beginning. Remember that Romney ran successfully for office in what probably is the most liberal state in all of America.

Only a very few Republicans have ever won statewide in Massachusetts over the past 50 years.

39 posted on 08/22/2012 6:34:29 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m skeptical.

2010 was a big year for us — and McMahon was the nominee running against a guy who claimed to serve in Vietnam multiple times and lied through his teeth! She still lost.

The poll is encouraging but we need to see more.


40 posted on 08/22/2012 8:21:09 PM PDT by CountryClassSF
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To: CountryClassSF

In 2010 she ran against a far superior opponent, one that was well known and had solid approval all throughout the state. Murphy’s not close to Blumenthal as a candidate.


41 posted on 08/23/2012 12:21:16 AM PDT by PhxTM06 (")
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To: BillyBoy; campaignPete R-CT; Perdogg; randita; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; ...

I am surprised big time by this poll, my feeling has been that Linda M had little chance. Obviously future polls will reveal whether or not it’s a fluke.

But if this race is winnable it would nice to win it.
And the NRSC will put money in if it really is, as they should.

And Blumenthal I’m wouldn’t necessarily say was “worse” than Murphy. He was quite popular but he had a scandal crop up.


42 posted on 08/23/2012 12:47:57 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: henkster; Clintonfatigued

I’ve noticed a lot of undecideds in the Indiana race, people that are clearly going for Romney in the POTUS race. It’s hard for me to envision them breaking for the rat Donnelly.

Lugar RINO voters?


43 posted on 08/23/2012 12:50:34 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: SeekAndFind

These numbers will no hold. Every election we see good numbers for the GOP from NJ, Conn, Penn, and MI in the run-up...but by late October the numbers flip to the dems. Same old same old every cycle.


44 posted on 08/23/2012 12:52:15 AM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: SeekAndFind

The rats have got to be freaked out from coast to coast. I don’t know if there’s a phrase for “anti-coattails”, but that’s exactly what they are facing. Normal, taxpaying, traditional American families are so disgusted by the African communist “food stamp president” they will crawl through broken glass to vote him OUT. And a lot of rats are going with him, and they know it.

Lay down with dogs...


45 posted on 08/23/2012 1:10:46 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Impy

I don’t think it’s Hoosier RINO voters; we have an independent streak of not following long coat tails. When Mitch Daniels ran for governor 4 years ago, he slaughtered his opponent. But 0bama won Indiana.

I think it’s more reflective of Donnelly running a good campaign. He’s a total DNC robot, but he’s hiding it by running like a blue dog and making effective attacks on Mourdock. Mourdock is doing some radio spots but no TV in the Indy market. He needs to get his a$$ in gear and go sell himself.


46 posted on 08/23/2012 8:19:26 AM PDT by henkster (We're the slaves of the phony leaders...)
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To: Impy; BillyBoy; campaignPete R-CT; Perdogg; randita; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; ...

You know, I’m apprehensive myself re: that CT poll, but I’m not ready to just throw it put. There’s something going on in CT that may signal it being at least as semi-competitive as in 2004 (when Kerry beat GW Bush by 54%-44%—the same as in CA), and perhaps as competitive as in 1992 (when Clinton beat GHW Bush by 42%-36%, but Bush likely would have won by a whisker had Perot not been on the ballot) or even 1988 (when GHW Bush beat Dukakis by 52%-47%). Obama is running TV commercials (or least was fairly recently) in Hartford, a market that reached only CT and Western MA—MA is far safer Dem turf than CT, so Obama must be at least mildly concerned about CT. We should keep an eye on CT. Even if Obama ends up winning it (as I am fairly confident he will), a competitive race in CT would signal a likely Romney victory in NH, PA and maybe NJ.

As for the Senate race itself, my understanding is that McMahon’s TV ads about how Chris Murphy was absent from almost 80% of his committee meetings for financial oversight committees have been very effective. The ending really packs a wallop: Would you pay a worker $170,000 a year if he doesn’t show up for meetings? Good stuff.


47 posted on 08/23/2012 8:30:29 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: Sooth2222

No, in a Van Dyke, the mustache and chin-beard don’t connect; Spock’s connected (clearly, from that picture, on the right side of the face, and presumably also on the left side), so it’s a goatee.


48 posted on 08/23/2012 8:35:15 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: BillyBoy; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; nutmeg; campaignPete R-CT; sickoflibs; AuH2ORepublican; randita; ...

I had been reading that Linda McMahon has improved as a candidate, but this is astonishing. I’ll need to see other polls, as this could simply be a statistical glitch.


49 posted on 08/23/2012 12:40:34 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: henkster; Clintonfatigued

I’m shocked his not on TV yet, it’s time to get into gear.


50 posted on 08/25/2012 11:47:44 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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