McMahon closing fast … aide says it all depends on turnout now

There you go. It depends on the little “mobsters”. Can’t say I am surprised. The latest Rasmussen poll demonstrates a dramatic turnaround for Republican Senate Candidate Linda McMahon especially with independents. Details below the fold.

Rasmussen shows Blumenthal with a 7 point lead, and that is daunting this late. But, she has halved the lead in one week and Fox News, which has access to internals, says she is picking up independents in droves.

The latest telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state shows Blumenthal picking up 53% of the vote, while McMahon earns 46%. One percent (1%) are still undecided at this point. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Still, these numbers move the race from Solid Democrat to Leans Democrat in theRasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings.

One week ago, Blumenthal held a double-digit lead over McMahon, 56% to 43%

National Review talked with the McMahon Campaign this morning and they are optimistic for the same reasons I have been telling you she is still in this race.

“In our internals, we saw a seven-point surge last week,” the aide tells Battle ‘10. “It’s only a couple of points now; it all depends on our get-out-the-vote effort.” The aide notes that some of the public polls don’t measure intensity, and in her internal polling, McMahon ties Blumenthal or leads him among the most likely voters. The key congressional districts to watch are the fourth and fifth — where Republicans Dan Debicella and Sam Caligiuri just might oust Democratic incumbents Jim Himes and Chris Murphy. McMahon expects to do well there.

I have said this before and I will say it again. These polls have been taking a pretty much party line approach, polling according to party affiliation. But if they really think the intensity is with Democrats in equal proportion to the Republican and Tea Party intensity, they are living in a bubble.

Watch the 5th district returns tomorrow night. That will indeed be a strong indicator of where this race is heading. It’s my guess that race will be over before the Senate race, but again, it all depends on getting out and voting and right now it’s not looking good for Murphy. From

Republican challenger Sam Caligiuri has opened a lead outside the margin of error and appears poised to defeat incumbent Congressman Chris Murphy. A four day tracking poll of 911 likely voters in the Fifth Congressional District shows Caligiuri inching past the 50% threshold. He now leads 51.5-43.8 with with just 4.7% undecided. The poll was conducted October 28-31 by the Merriman River Group and has a margin of error of +/- 3.2%.

If we are to believe these two polls, and again, I do not have internals, no one has been releasing them for two weeks now (surprise?), then McMahon and the Republicans are looking good in the nation’s bluest of blue states. Am I too optimistic?

Posted in

Jim Vicevich

Jim is a veteran broadcaster and conservative/libertarian blogger with more than 25 years experience in TV and radio. Jim's was the long-term host of The Jim Vicevich Show on WTIC 1080 in Hartford from 2004 through 2019. Prior to radio, Jim worked as a business and financial reporter for NBC30 - the NBC owned TV station in Hartford - and as business editor at WFSB-TV in Hartford for 14 years while earning six Emmy nominations and three Telly Awards.


  1. ccdemuth on November 2, 2010 at 1:53 am

    <!–[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 <![endif]–><!–[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]–><!–[if !mso]>–>

    st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) }

    <!–[if gte mso 10]>–>

    /* Style Definitions */


    {mso-style-name:"Table Normal";





    mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;





    font-family:"Times New Roman";




    Today we can begin to restore the fiscal prudence that has been lacking during the past two years of an unchecked and unbalanced congress. Incumbent congressmen such as Jim Himes are responsible for profligate spending and bureaucratic overreach that fetters our economy, leaving us with low growth and high unemployment. We can tell Washington, D.C. that we have had enough by electing reformers such as challenger Dan Debicella.

  2. socialenemy on November 2, 2010 at 2:31 am

    I'll be voting around 11 am today and you better believe I'm voting Linda all the way baby. She's going to win because this isn't a blue state no more.

  3. Lynn on November 2, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Last night a Rally was held for Linda in Guilford. I am very encouraged, a crowd estimate of 350 was given. Biden was only able to draw 200 at a rally where he was the main speaker. It was scheduled only a few days before and was an excited, although by my standards quiet and overly, mannerly crowd. To dispel a myth, there were 50 very vociferous and devoted women to cheer for Linda and many others in the supportive crowd. Please hope her voters are at the peak today! Voting was extraordinarily heavy for a mid-term election in Essex.

Linda McMahon

The website's content and articles were migrated to a new framework in October 2023. You may see [shortcodes in brackets] that do not make any sense. Please ignore that stuff. We may fix it at some point, but we do not have the time now.

You'll also note comments migrated over may have misplaced question marks and missing spaces. All comments were migrated, but trackbacks may not show.

The site is not broken.