Rasmussen: Blumenthal back up by 23 points over McMahon

posted at 4:10 pm on June 3, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Now we can consider the rebound complete.  After getting exposed as a fabulist regarding his military service, Rasmussen showed Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal dropping into a virtual tie against Linda McMahon, the endorsed Republican challenger for the seat currently held by retiring Senator Chris Dodd.  A Quinnipiac poll a week later showed Blumenthal’s lead reviving, and now Rasmussen sees the same thing:

Democrat Richard Blumenthal apparently has weathered charges that he exaggerated his military service in Vietnam for years and is running as strongly as ever against both his Republican challengers in Connecticut’s race for the U.S. Senate.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Connecticut finds Blumenthal with 56% support versus 33% for Linda McMahon, the officially endorsed GOP candidate. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and seven percent (7%) are undecided. McMahon has come under criticism recently as people have focused on her role in World Wresting Entertainment, a corporation that one conservative pundit compares to the Gulf oil spill as “a relentless gusher of pollution.

Blumenthal, the state’s longtime attorney general, earns 55% of the vote in a match-up with Wall Street investment banker Peter Schiff, who hopes to collect enough signatures by Tuesday to force McMahon into an August 10 primary contest. Given that match-up, three percent (3%) like another candidate, and nine percent (9%) are undecided.

With both Republicans earning roughly the same support, the new findings suggest that the race continues to be largely about Blumenthal.

For a brief period last month, that wasn’t bad news for the GOP.  Democrats pushed Blumenthal to run after Dodd became the issue in his re-election bid to their detriment.  Blumenthal, a highly popular Attorney General, provided a huge boost to Democrats’ fortunes in the race, until the New York Times exposed his repeated assertions that he had served in Vietnam, when his service as a Marine reservist had kept him stateside during the war.

Now, Blumenthal is back to being good news — and that was predictable from the start.  Even when losing most of his lead, Blumenthal’s job approval and personal approval ratings were strongly positive.  It only took an apology from Blumenthal for Connecticut voters to get over their cognitive dissonance and support his bid for the Senate.

For Republicans, the news isn’t all bad.  First, Blumenthal’s troubles with fabulism more or less inoculates Mark Kirk in Illinois, who has had his issues with accuracy on more than one occasion regarding his military service.  McMahon, who will almost certainly win the primary, will spend her own money in the Connecticut race, leaving the GOP the option of sending its resources elsewhere.  McMahon also may still find more troubles in Blumenthal’s past with her well-financed opposition research, although the next time, her campaign will probably hold it until the final days of the campaign.  However, unless  lightning strikes twice, this looks more like a solid hold for the Democrats and a sideshow for the GOP in November.


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I supported McMahon because I thought she had a chance… let’s go with Schiff…

ninjapirate on June 3, 2010 at 4:14 PM

You’re on your own, Connecticut. When Sen. Blumin’ Idiot casts votes that drive your state into bankruptcy, don’t come looking to the rest of us for a bailout.

Doughboy on June 3, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Kos put out a hit piece on Rasmussen

After revelations broke that Blumenthal had, that one time, accidentally exaggerated his military service, Rasmussen rushed out a poll showing a Democratic cataclysm in Connecticut

Greek Fire on June 3, 2010 at 4:15 PM

I guess we saw that coming. The Democrats ran Dodd out to assure a win. If Dodd had stayed in he would have been beatable. I guess Obama offered him a job…..

sandee on June 3, 2010 at 4:19 PM

can we turn CT into a missile test range?

ted c on June 3, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Rasmussen: Blumenthal back up by 23 points over McMahon
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Well how did that happen,did Blumenthal brag he was a
Iraq War vet,no,not Desert Storm,but Operation Iraq
Freedom!!(sarc).

canopfor on June 3, 2010 at 4:24 PM

accidentally exaggerated his military service

Greek Fire on June 3, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Hahahahahahaha!!!

Oh man, that’s rich.

John the Libertarian on June 3, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Socialism. CT voters wantz it.

fiatboomer on June 3, 2010 at 4:26 PM

A wrestling company executive against a fake Viet Nam vet. Sounds like an idea for a wrestling show script.

50sGuy on June 3, 2010 at 4:28 PM

For Republicans, the news isn’t all bad. First, Blumenthal’s troubles with fabulism more or less inoculates Mark Kirk in Illinois, who has had his issues with accuracy on more than one occasion regarding his military service.

Great. Two more self-serving, lying, carreer politicians on their way to DC. Why bother voting at all?

repvoter on June 3, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Kos put out a hit piece on Rasmussen

Kos’ larger point may have some validity, in that only Rasmussen showed the race tightening. All the other polls indicated that Blumenthal was always way ahead.

YYZ on June 3, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Such an utterly depressing turn of events. But predictable? Of course. That’s why I didn’t understand Ed and company suggesting before he’d have to leave the race. Why would Dems or voters in a blue state care about something as odious as reckless and purposeful stolen valor? They don’t care when the President commits adultery and lies under oath…the bar they have is pretty darn low.

changer1701 on June 3, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Blumenthal actually gets 1% less votes against Schiff, a guy nobody has ever heard of outside of political circles, than he does against McMahon. A woman who has the endorsement of the state Republican Party and has spent millions in advertising already. The woman has absolutely no shot of winning. No even if she spent 100 million.

The Republicans in CT are all RINOS. They really have no problem with the Dems winning as they agree on almost everything. Elections are simply about who’s turn it is.
The Republicans have long ago conceded Dodd’s seat and just want McMahon to run because she is spending her own money.

They are stupid. Not only will McMahon lose she will drag around down as she will be the top of the ticket.

Rocks on June 3, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Absolutely Fabulist!

DrAllecon on June 3, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Dems are truly clueless and disgusting.I think it’s from the brainwashing the progressives have done, but they don’t care about wasted humanity anyway.

tim c on June 3, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Well we are stuck with McMahon. I gave Rich Lowry abuse for pile driving her the other day, but perhaps he had an inkling of this.

Nice move Conecticut GOP. You got rid of the GOP candidate who could have won.

Mr. Joe on June 3, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Well doesn’t this just tell you all you need know about the scum that votes in Connecticut?

Without truth and honor, you get Obama. A person no one will ever associate character with.

tarpon on June 3, 2010 at 4:34 PM

I predicted this from the day the scandal broke. Connecticut voters, overwhelmingly Democrat, don’t give a rat’s behind about military service. In fact, most probably have outright contempt for the military and even approve of Blumenthal’s fabulism. These are the kind of people we are dealing with. God help us.

WarEagle01 on June 3, 2010 at 4:35 PM

can we turn CT into a missile test range?

ted c on June 3, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Let me and the family get out first.
I think what most people are missing is that here in CT nearly everyone outside of the large cities are strict conservatives. It is places like Bridgeport, Hartford and the like that decide elections here. We are outnumbered by the people living on the government dole. But we will get our rewards for this in the coming fiscal year. It is gonna be brutal, as we are already down by a couple of billion dollars.

Johnnyreb on June 3, 2010 at 4:37 PM

What does that say about the people in Connecticut who would vote to put a libtard into office…..disgraceful…

hawkman on June 3, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Democrat in situation 1: “The military are baby killing ignoramuses.”

Democrat in situation 2: “I totally served in the military with distinction.”

I’ll let you work out the difference between sit 1 and sit 2.

Inanemergencydial on June 3, 2010 at 4:41 PM

It’s not fair to blame all the voters in Conn.It’s the same here in California. Along the coast are all the super libs. Those inland are for the most part conservative.We just can’t compete by the shear volume of left-coasters.

sandee on June 3, 2010 at 4:42 PM

When you have elected a lying, corrupt POS like Dodd for decades, the truth and integrity to a person from Connecticut is a distant memory at best.

volsense on June 3, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Typical Democrat: “He’s a liar? Hoooeee, He’s got my vote”

Skywise on June 3, 2010 at 4:44 PM

The Kerry effect?

abobo on June 3, 2010 at 4:47 PM

I wish Blumenthal had to run against Jim McMahon. Then we’d have a chance to win!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_McMahon

dczombie on June 3, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Same old, same old. The democrats just love a good lie.

hippieforlife on June 3, 2010 at 4:50 PM

So, in Connecticut:

Lying about your military record and claiming to be a veteran of a war in which you never fought is better than making a huge fortune while promoting violent and vulgar pro wrestling?

The fools in Connecticut deserve what they get. It is a shame they are permitted to inflict senators and congressman on the rest of us.

novaculus on June 3, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Latest poll from Harry Reid’s home state.

Angle 33
Tarkanian 26
Lowden 25

Primary is in 5 days. Talk about peaking at the right time!!

Just LOVE Mark Levin’s comments here. “…she, Sharron Angle, will kick (Reid’s) a$$!”

And tonight, Mark will be a guest on this Radiothon:

A 2-hour “Tea Party RadioThon” promoting Angle on the highly-rated Las Vegas News/Talk station KXNT 840 AM this Thursday, June 3rd from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Pacific (9:00 – 11:00 PM Eastern) featuring live call in’s and commentary
from Joe The Plumber, conservative radio host Mark Levin, conservative radio host Lars Larson, national tea party leaders, and many others.

Listen live here.

fred5678 on June 3, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Johnnyreb on June 3, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Very true

and we all know how much of a hell hole bridgeport is.

blatantblue on June 3, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Proof: People are big fat idiots.

I say bring back the days of kings. It’s dimwits either way.

TheBlueSite on June 3, 2010 at 4:54 PM

23pts! Alright, I am gonna have to eat crow on this one, I predicted that Blumey was toast and the CT was now a lock for 1 of 10 needed seats in the senate. I had mistakenly assumed that there was a shred of decency in their electorate.

How freakin sad, if I lived in CT I would move and never admit where I came from, utterly disgraceful. CT, have no shame at all?

Archimedes on June 3, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Sorry – missed the link.

Just LOVE Mark Levin’s comments here. “…she, Sharron Angle, will kick (Reid’s) a$$!”

fred5678 on June 3, 2010 at 4:57 PM

PETER SCHIFF FTW!!

ebrawer on June 3, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Oh well, we get the government we deserve I guess.

TheBigOldDog on June 3, 2010 at 5:00 PM

“It only took an apology from Blumenthal for Connecticut voters to get over their cognitive dissonance and support his bid for the Senate.”

They get what they deserve…

Seven Percent Solution on June 3, 2010 at 5:01 PM

“It only took an apology from Blumenthal for Connecticut voters to get over their cognitive dissonance and support his bid for the Senate.”
They get what they deserve…

Seven Percent Solution on June 3, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Yes. The unfortunate thing is that we will also get what they deserve.

dczombie on June 3, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Great!!

Yet another example of how to behave and reap the rewards from lying Democrats. . . .

karra on June 3, 2010 at 5:10 PM

A sad situation from the state of Connecticut…

One would hope that accountability and ethics would be desired qualities for a US Senator…

Apparently not…

Thanks, Nutmeg State!!

Khun Joe on June 3, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Linda McMahon is going to win. Mark this post down. Bookmark it.

SouthernGent on June 3, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Not just predictable, but expected.

After all, no one cared about Clinton’s draft dodging or Kerry’s exaggerated service.

They only cared about tainting Bush’s service or any other Republican.

LewWaters on June 3, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Linda McMahon is going to win. Mark this post down. Bookmark it.

Why do you say that – I sincerely hope you’re correct. . . .

karra on June 3, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Why do you say that – I sincerely hope you’re correct. . . .

karra on June 3, 2010 at 5:34 PM

I was one of the only ones on here that I recall saying she’d win the nomination so I’ll go ahead and predict she’ll win the whole election. She’s a tough lady. She can play dirty when needed and we need more of that on our side. Enough of this genteel, touchy-feely crap. Play to win, and she has the $$ to win to boot.

SouthernGent on June 3, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Obviously, the attention span of liberals is that of a 6 year old.

percysunshine on June 3, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Some parts of this country and some states are lost forever in the insanity of liberalism.There is no hope for them.let them forever live in this fantasy world.

thmcbb on June 3, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Get rid of McMahon. Go with Peter Schiff, the true teaparty candidate.

iamse7en on June 3, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Linda McMahon is going to win. Mark this post down. Bookmark it.

SouthernGent on June 3, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Will you eat your hat if you’re wrong?

agmartin on June 3, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Obviously, the attention span of liberals is that of a 6 year old.

percysunshine on June 3, 2010 at 5:57 PM

I protest! Unfair to 6 year olds!

Most of them have the attention span of a cartoon’s length, at least.

On the other hand, it may not be an attention span issue. The ugly truth may be that Connecticut liberals and Democrats don’t care if you are a lying sleazebag war veteran impostor, as long as you are a liberal lying sleazebag war veteran impostor.

novaculus on June 3, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Linda McMahon is going to win. Mark this post down. Bookmark it.

So you’re suggesting that Blumenthal is the Heel?

YYZ on June 3, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Hahahahahahaha!!!

Oh man, that’s rich.

John the Libertarian on June 3, 2010 at 4:25 PM

….and remember now boys and girls……

Republicans LIE!!!!!!!!!!

Democrats misspeak/accidentally exaggerate/stretch the truth or you are just to stoooooopid to comprehend their brilliant speech!!

cableguy615 on June 3, 2010 at 6:20 PM

In a democracy, the people get the government they deserve. The party picked a schlock merchant over a man of character(Simmons). I assume they’ll do the same thing to Schiff and then every Republican on the ballot will be saddled with her slime. Idiots.

jnelchef on June 3, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Some parts of this country and some states are lost forever in the insanity of liberalism.There is no hope for them.let them forever live in this fantasy world.

thmcbb on June 3, 2010 at 6:04 PM
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Agreed,some will never be convinced.A waste of time.

ohiobabe on June 3, 2010 at 6:40 PM

So here is what is going to happen… its going to look like McMahon is down 15 points the night before the election. When Blumenthal has his pre-election night rally, Triple H’s music will hit and out will come Linda, Triple H and the sledgehammer. Linda will challenge Blumenthal to an I quit match. Blumenthal accepts and halfway through, Triple H runs in and hits Blumenthal with the sledgehammer. Hulk Hogan’s music hits and Hogan and Ric Flair come out and take out Triple H with a big boot while Flair hits the figure four on Linda. Just when it looks like Linda is about to tap out, Hornswaggle comes from underneath the ring, hits the Tadpole Frog Splash on Flair, while John Cena comes in from the crowd and throws Blumenthal in the STFU and Blumenthal quits.

What a PPV!

Wolftech on June 3, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Wish Schiff luck.

riverrat10k on June 3, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Forgive me if I’m a bit skeptical about unexplainable twenty point bounces, even in a Rasmussen poll.

This ain’t over, not by a sight.

SuperCool on June 3, 2010 at 10:15 PM

So, it’s official then, 56% of voters in CT are @#$% idiots. They can’t look at what the Democrats are doing to the country and not see that electing another one is a bad idea? Fools!

AZfederalist on June 3, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Rocks on June 3, 2010 at 4:31 PM

@Rocks,
Just to be clear Republican candidate Peter Schiff is definitely NOT a RINO. He is a successful free market economist who correctly called the housing bubble and the gold run up, among other things. He believes, with every fiber of his being, in the free markets, balanced budgets and small federal government. He abhors the keynesian economic model.

Vote Schiff!

JeffVader on June 3, 2010 at 11:10 PM

Well that’s just great. Connecticut likes corruption.

petunia on June 4, 2010 at 12:15 AM

CT heheheheheehehahahahahahahahahaahhaaaaaaaa

Shivas Irons on June 4, 2010 at 1:25 AM

Of course he is . . . that dirtbag sate leans so far to the left that the knuckles on the left hands of its residents all drag the ground. There are a few hopeless, lost causes in this country and Connecticut is one of the them.

rplat on June 4, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Connecticut is the Future.

If you have ever wondered what the United States will look like when the people riding in the cart completely and irreversibly outnumber the people who are still laboring to pull the cart … you need look no further than Connecticut.

Just what did you expect from the State that has been sending Christopher Dodd to D.C. for the past 30 years, anyway?

RedPepper on June 4, 2010 at 4:17 PM