Blumenthal holds big lead over McMahon

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) holds a large lead over former wrestling executive Linda McMahon (R) in the state's Senate race, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey taken between May 24-25 and released Thursday showed Blumenthal leading 56-31 percent, with 10 percent undecided. 

The survey is an indicator that the Democrat has turned the corner after he faced rampant criticism for misrepresenting his service record during the Vietnam War. 

The attorney general's lead is smaller than it was in March, when McMahon was still facing primary opposition from former Connecticut Rep. Rob Simmons (R). He was then ahead 61-28.

Blumenthal has the support of 83 percent of Democrats, as opposed to the 64 percent support McMahon garners from Republicans. 

McMahon was in a tough primary against Simmons, who said this week he is suspending his campaign after trailing in the polls.

Simmons lashed out at McMahon on Wednesday, saying he would not support her and that he would have been a better candidate against Blumenthal because of his Vietnam combat record.

Simmons later backed away from his comments.

The former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO's spokesman Ed Patru suggested in a statement Thursday that the poll is inaccurate.

“The findings of today’s Quinnipiac University poll are curious and perhaps odd, given that four polls on the Connecticut Senate race have been made public over the past 21 days, and three of those suggest the spread between Linda McMahon and Dick Blumenthal is somewhere between 15 points and a statistical dead heat," he said in a statement.