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Dodd Falls Way Behind in New Poll

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 2nd, 2009 4:35 am by HL

Dodd Falls Way Behind in New Poll
A new Quinnipiac poll shows Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) now trailing former Rep. Rob Simmons (R-CT), 50% to 34%, in the 2010 Senate race.

In two other match ups, Dodd trails both Sam Caligiuri (R), 41% to 37%, and loses to Tom Foley (R), 43% to 35%.

Key finding: Voters disapprove 58% to 33% of the job the Democratic incumbent is doing, his lowest approval rating ever.

Said pollster Douglas Schwartz: “A 33% job approval is unheard of for a 30-year incumbent, especially a Democrat in a blue state… Dodd’s numbers among Democrats are especially devastating.”

Big Decision Ahead for Pawlenty
“The legal fight between Al Franken and Norm Coleman is headed to the desk of Gov. Tim Pawlenty — a no-win predicament for a Minnesota Republican with his eye on a White House run in 2012,” Politico reports.

If Franken’s ahead after counting the final 400 absentee ballots, Pawlenty “will have a choice: sign the election certificate that will allow Democrats to seat Franken in the Senate or play to the Republicans whose support he’d need in 2012 by withholding the certificate while Coleman challenges the election in the federal court system.”

Complicating Pawlenty’s task is the Minneapolis Star Tribune observation that few “see any chance of Coleman throwing in the towel.” He’s promise to run his appeal through the federal courts.

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