Third wave of good news for Blumenthal in Rasmussen poll

Another poll today shows Richard Blumenthal with more than a 20-percentage point lead in the U.S. Senate race, despite a recent controversy over misstatements about his Vietnam-era military record.

The Rasmussen survey found  Blumenthal ahead of Republican Linda McMahon, 56 percent to 33 percent. He leads Peter Schiff, a Republican trying to force a primary by petitioning, by a similar margin. Another Rasmussen poll, taken just days after a New York Times story outlining his misstatements, had Blumenthal and McMahon virtually tied for the seat at 48 percent to 45 percent.

A Quinnipiac poll released last week had Blumenthal with a 25-point lead, 56 percent to 31 percent. An earlier Rasmussen poll taken immediately after the story broke had the race tightening to 48 percent to 45 percent.

This is a third wave of good news for Blumenthal, as the Cook Political Report also moved the U.S. Senate race for retiring U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd’s seat from “toss up” back to “leans Democratic.” Congressional Quarterly has also rated the race as “leans Demoratic.”