Slow start for Murphy’s counteroffensive on the women’s vote

The U.S. Senate campaign of Democrat Chris Murphy tried to make the case for why he deserves the women’s vote Monday without their candidate.

Women who appear in a new Murphy ad aimed at women held a press conference Monday, a decidedly understated response to Republican Linda McMahon’s women’s rally over the weekend.

Murphy, whose whereabouts Monday were not revealed by his campaign, will be holding a press conference Tuesday to further develop a theme that McMahon’s position on health care and reproductive services are hostile to women.

McMahon’s event was a celebration of her comeback among women from 2010, when a poll in September showed her trailing by 15 percentage points among women. The same poll showed 60 percent of women viewed her unfavorably and 36 percent viewed her favorably.

This year, she’s closed the gender gap to four points and her favorables outweigh her unfavorables.

Shannon Knall of Simsbury, one of the women in the Murphy ad, said she has no idea why McMahon has turned her numbers around.

“I don’t understand that jump,” Knall said. “She is the same person she was two years ago.”