Campaign Notebook: Ramussen Poll Shows Murphy Leading

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.


Results of a poll released on Tuesday by Ramussen Reports shows U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy leading Linda McMahon by a 51-46 margin. The race appears to remain very close, as the margin of error is 4.5 percentage points.

Out of the 500 likely Connecticut voters surveyed, most of Murphy’s support came from so-called “leaners.” These voters aren’t particularly supportive of either candidate but said they are leaning towards voting for Murphy. Without these ”leaners,” Ramussen says Murphy would have a one-point lead.

Third District

Wayne Winsley wants three debates with incumbent U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, but he might have to settle for just one. According to the New Haven Independent, DeLauro’s campaign is in favor of one televised debate at a yet-to-be-determined date and two candidates’ forums.

Winsley believes the forums are not an adequate replacement for debates.

“These are not debates,” Winsley said. “Basically, it’s a meet and greet.”

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D): In a profile by the Connecticut Mirror, Himes is described as “one of Washington's tightrope walkers, trying to balance the fiscal concerns of his wealthy district with the core principles he holds as a Democrat.”

Steve Obsitnik (R):  In a district that’s rarely veered too far to the right, Obsitnik is described by the Connecticut Mirror as a moderate Republican  whohopes to attract unaffiliated voters by sometimes veering away from the Republican Party on the issues.

Fifth District

When it comes to energy issues, Elizabeth Esty and Andrew Roraback agree on many points, reports the Register Citizen. Where they differ is on the controversial Keystone pipeline, which was quashed by President Barack Obama.

Second District

Joseph Courtney (D) will visit senior citizens at local senior centers in Eastern Connecticut today, tomorrow and Friday to tout the Democrats' plans for Social Security and Medicare. Joining him will be State Sen. Edith Prague, D-Columbia, a well-known champion for the rights of senior citizens.


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