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.”

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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