Poll: Blumenthal has big lead in Connecticut Senate race

A new Quinnipiac University poll out Friday gives Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) a 17-point edge over opponent Linda McMahon (R).

Blumenthal leads 54 percent to 37 percent in the survey. The race is largely unchanged from a month ago, when a Q-Poll had Blumenthal up 55-35 over McMahon.

Blumenthal also leads with independent voters — 54 percent to 35 percent.

Despite the controversy that erupted over Blumenthal’s military service, the poll found that 60 percent of likely voters agreed that Blumenthal is “honest and trustworthy.”

Still, McMahon’s major advantage is money. The former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment is self-funding her bid and has already poured millions of her money into the race. 

In a memo accompanying the results, Quinnipiac Polling Director Doug Schwartz noted that, based on the trend lines, McMahon may have the momentum. 

“She is inching up on Blumenthal,” Schwartz said. “In January, she trailed Blumenthal by 41 points. In every subsequent poll she has cut into his lead and now has cut that lead by more than 24 points.”

Earlier this week, Rep. Rob Simmons (R-Conn.) hinted in an interview with the Hartford Courant that he might jump back into the race before the Aug. 10 primary. 

He suspended his campaign after the GOP state convention in May, but his name remains on the primary ballot.