Senate race close as tensions increase

(WTNH) -- A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows the Senate race between Republican Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy is virtually a tie.

About half of the people who say they support Republican Linda McMahon now say they consider themselves "very enthusiastic" about her candidacy.

For the Murphy campaign, the enthusiasm factor is much weaker, less than a third, as 27% of those that say they support him say they are "very enthusiastic" about his candidacy.

The overall horserace numbers have not changed since August, with the poll showing the race remaining a dead heat, but some things have changed.

"Both candidates are viewed less favorably than they were back in August," said Doug Schwartz for the Quinnipac Poll. "I would attribute this largely to campaign advertising."

A huge majority of voters say they have seen McMahon's ads that have been pounding Murphy about his personal financial mistakes, and his poor attendance at congressional hearings. Yet, McMahon's unfavorable numbers have also gone up since August.

This indicates that Murphy's attack ads are also having some impact, but hers are on two to three times more often.

"I think this race will remain close from here until the end, that's what happens when Linda McMahon is spending a fortune to buy this seat," said Chris Murphy, (D) for U.S. Senate.

McMahon was unavailable on Thursday, but in a statement her campaign said:
"This poll tells us that Connecticut voters are wary of promoting a lifetime politician and it tells us that Connecticut voters are not persuaded by the nasty, false attacks."

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She WAS leading by 6 points,,now its a near tie,,the direction is not good for McMahon. People are once again tiring of her negative campaigning and her non stop mailings. In the end she will annoy enough people to make them vote for Murphy,,which is shame. I talked to about a dozen people today and not one of them watched the debate. I watched all of about 5 minutes. They are so boring unless you really have no life and think politics is all there is.....yuck
McMahon should get a bump after the presidents revealingly dismall debate performance. Many of the untruths of the Mr Murphy Campaign are the same untruths of the Obama campaign which were mostly exposed as such in last nights debate. Mr Murphy is an unethical politician who took a sweetheart loan in exchange for Democrat influence and who is in lockstep with the Democrat party 98% of the time - not the CT taxpayers. This is now going to hurt Mr Murphy even more as the Democrat untruths his campaign is spewing will continue to come face to face with the TRUE facts as were very well presented by Mr Romney in last nights debate.

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