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February 12, 2016

Connecticut: New Polls Give Parties Mixed Senate, House News

Rep. Christopher Murphy is in a more competitive Senate race than once thought. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two polls released today offer mixed news for Republicans and Democrats in competitive Connecticut Senate and House races.

A new poll commissioned by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee surveying the 5th district House race showed former state Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D) had a 9-point lead over state Sen. Andrew Roraback (R). Forty-four percent of those polled said they intended to vote for Esty, while 35 percent said they would back Roraback.

The poll, obtained by Roll Call, was conducted Aug. 21-23 by the Democratic firm Global Strategy Group. The survey live interviewed 402 likely voters and the margin of error was 4.9 points.

Roll Call rates the House race as Leans Democratic.

A Quinnipiac University poll showed a more competitive Senate race to replace retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman (I). In that survey, former WWE CEO Linda McMahon (R) had a slight lead over Rep. Christopher Murphy (D), 49 percent to 46 percent.

Roll Call recently changed the rating of the Connecticut Senate race to Leans Democratic, citing the improved campaign that the wealthy former wrestling executive is running.

On the presidential front, President Barack Obama topped presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney in the Quinnipiac survey. Fifty-two percent of respondents indicated the would vote for Obama, while 45 percent said they would back Romney.

The poll also shows that the president had a net positive rating, while Romney is slightly underwater.

The Quinnipiac poll was conducted among 1472 likely voters August 22-26. The margin of error for the live interview poll was 2.6 percent.

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