Campaign Notebook: Murphy, McMahon Close in Poll

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.


The latest Quinnipiac Poll shows Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy essentially tied in the U.S. Senate race. McMahon holds a 48-47 lead with a margin of error of 2.4 points.

Women back Murphy by six points and men back McMahon by seven points. McMahon’s supporters are much more enthusiastic. Half of McMahon’s backers are "very enthusiastic," while 39 percent are "somewhat enthusiastic."

For Murphy supporters, 27 percent are reportedly "very enthusiastic" and 55 percent are "somewhat enthusiastic." 

Third District

At a press conference on Wednesday, Wayne Winsley accused Rosa DeLauro of ducking debates.

“The president of the United States has to debate his challenger, one on one, at least three times,” said Winsley, according to the New Haven Register. “Is the Congresswoman of the Third District of higher stature?”

DeLauro’s campaign manager said the congresswoman isn’t hiding.

“There is absolutely no ducking of Mr. Winsley. We are ready to debate, we are ready to do the forums,” Jimmy Tickey told the New Haven Register.

Fourth District

Jim Himes (D): Like many people, Himes seemed a little fatigued by the glut of pre-debate coverage before President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney squared off Wednesday night. Himes Tweeted:

The best thing about the debate tonight might be that it brings to a close the insane amount of pre-debate coverage. #enoughalready

Steve Obsitnik (R) stopped by Sacred Heart University and fielded questions from the students. A Twitter account for campaign volunteers shared this information:

SHU students asking @SteveObsitnik great questions on deficit, corporate tax rate, and student loans. #obsitnik4congress

@SteveObsitnik and college students discussing the tough economy graduates are facing at Sandwich stop #obsitnikpic.twitter.com/Vw9lREiX

Fifth District

Andrew Roraback is using decade-old footage of a Cheshire public meeting where Elizabeth Esty told seniors they could move out of town if they don’t like the amount of taxes they’re paying due to a revaluation of property. The 30-second ad is titled “Move Out.”

Esty, who later served on the Town Council in Cheshire, said she advocated for seniors as an elected officials. 

Hansa Junchun October 05, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Only one debate on Rosa DeLauro's schedule?! Her campaign manager Jimmy Tickey had this to say: "People know Rosa DeLauro. She has office hours in every community in the district. They know her.” In other words, Tickey means "Screw the voters, they don't have a right to know their options. Rosa is good enough." The truth is, NOBODY knows Rosa or her positions. She is a genius at manipulation and pulling heart-strings, but a total dodge when it comes to policy and its consequences. Does anyone remember she voted for TARP, to bail out the biggest, richest bankers and reward them for killing our economy? Oh, she moaned about it, and complained about the vast bonuses those Wall Street crime lords took out of tax payer money. What did Rosa do about it? NOTHING! She did nothing! Rosa blew a lot of hot air, but let the Wall Street mafia steal our houses and tax money and reward themselves with the most profitable years in banking history! And Rosa was rewarded, too. In the years 2009 to 2011, Rosa magically tripled her net worth, grabbing $4 million, while the rest of us lost 40% of our wealth. According to her office, she was worth $6 million in 2011. What does that mean? She gets paid $150,000 a year. How does she go from $2 million in 2006 to $6 million in 2011? Its called being a hypocritical servant of the 1%! Rosa was instrumental in Wall Street's crime spree in 2008! She deserves NOTHING from us! She committed crimes against every single American!
Ted B October 05, 2012 at 04:28 PM
This is what happens when politicians are in office for too long. They don't feel the need to go through the motions of things like debates. She figures she'll be reelected whether she debates him or not so why bother? I think the time is long past for her to go though I'm not sure this fellow who is running against her is the right person to replace her. Unfortunately the Republicans never put much effort into finding a good candidate to run against her because they don't want to invest in a race they figure is lost before it starts.


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