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2010 Watch: CT Senate

Quinnipiac has Senator Dodd in trouble in Connecticut:

In an early look at the 2010 U.S. Senate race in Connecticut, Democratic incumbent Christopher Dodd gets just 42 percent to 43 percent for former U.S.  Rep. Rob Simmons, a possible Republican challenger, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Sen. Dodd leads State Sen. Sam Caligiuri 47 – 34 percent and tops CNBC-TV host Larry Kudlow 46 – 34 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

In the Dodd-Simmons matchup, Democrats back Dodd 74 – 15 percent while Simmons leads 80 – 10 percent among Republicans and 49 – 32 percent among independent voters.

Connecticut voters approve 49 – 44 percent of the job Dodd is doing, compared to a negative 41 – 48 percent approval rating February 10.  Dodd gets a split 46 – 45 percent favorability.

For Simmons, 53 percent do not know enough to form an opinion.  Caligiuri and Kudlow are even more unknown, at 88 and 87 percent.

“These numbers have to worry Sen. Christopher Dodd.  Former Congressman Simmons is not well known outside his district, yet he is running neck and neck with Dodd at this point,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD.

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