A new poll shows Democrat Richard Blumenthal holding an 8 percentage point lead over Republican Linda McMahon in their contest for the U.S. Senate, while incumbent Democrats John Larson, Joe Courtney and Rosa DeLauro have extended their margins over the Republican challengers in their Congressional races.

A survey that Merriman River Group conducted for CT Capitol Report has Blumenthal winning the support of 52 percent of likely voters to McMahon’s 44 percent.

The poll also shows Larson ahead of Ann Brickley 56 percent to 38 percent in the 1st District; Courtney ahead of Janet Peckinpaugh 57 percent to 38 percent in the 2nd; and DeLauro ahead of Jerry Labriola 59 percent to 37 percent in the 3rd.

The telephone survey of 1,846 likely voters was conducted Oct. 24 to 26 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.

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