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Connecticut Democrats, Eager to Take on Joe-Mentum

I find it interesting that Connecticut Democrats are preparing for a Linda McMahon bid in 2012 . . .

An internal poll conducted for the nascent campaign of former Conn. Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz (D) shows her narrowly ahead in Democratic primary matchups and three-way general election contests against incumbent Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) and the two GOP statewide nominees last year.The poll, conducted in mid-December, well before Bysiewicz announced her candidacy, shows Bysiewicz leading a three-way matchup with Lieberman and 2010 Senate nominee Linda McMahon (R), 34 percent to 30 percent to 28 percent. If 2010 gubernatorial nominee Tom Foley (R) is the GOP nominee, Bysiewicz leads, 33 percent to 29 percent to 27 percent. While Bysiewicz can claim leads in both matchups, the close margins indicate that a three-way contest could be anyone’s race.

But there are still many developments in the race to come. Lieberman has yet to say whether he’ll seek re-election, for one. If he decides against it, Bysiewicz would start the race with a more decisive lead over McMahon. In her poll, she led McMahon 54 percent to 36 percent.

Republicans and those who find Joe Lieberman insufficiently conservative should hope for another independent bid by the incumbent. Winning a plurality in a hard-fought three-way race is a lot easier than winning a majority in this blue state.

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