A new University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant poll shows U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy with a 44-38 edge against Linda McMahon. Seventeen percent of voters remain undecided.
The sampling of 574 likely voters shows high unfavorability ratings of 39 percent for McMahon and 34 percent for Murphy.
Corry Bliss, campaign manager for McMahon, said the polling results are “extremely suspect.”
"Clearly, this poll oversampled Democrats and severely undersampled Independents,” he said. “Recognizing that Independents represent the largest voting bloc in the state and that Linda McMahon has been winning Independents by a significant margin in every other public poll released during the past several weeks, it becomes obvious that this poll is not representative of Connecticut's voting population -- despite the Courant's biased attempt to dismiss the sampling errors.”
Murphy’s campaign fired back that McMahon is desperate.
“Connecticut voters are seeing past McMahon's nasty personal attacks and are hearing more and more about her right-wing Republican plans to end Social Security, privatize Medicare, cut taxes for the rich, and deny rape victims access to emergency contraception," said Murphy campaign spokesman Eli Zupnick in a written statement.
Although the Fifth District is somewhat overlooked compared to the headlines coming out of the Senate Race, the Connecticut Mirror describes that race as the “the other TV commercial slugfest.” Andrew Roraback and Elizabeth Esty had their first debate on Tuesday. They face off again on Saturday, Oct. 20.