Murphy gains small lead in Connecticut Senate race
By Justin Haas
HARTFORD Connecticut According to a Rasmussen Reports telephone poll on October 7, 2012, Democratic Congressman Christopher S. Murphy has increased his lead over Republican Linda McMahon in Connecticut's U.S. Senate race to a five-point margin.
The poll of 500 likely voters showed 51% support Murphy, while 46% favor McMahon. Two percent (2%) prefer another candidate in the race and the remaining 1% are undecided.
The poll was conducted the day of the first debate between the two candidates and shows that Murphy's lead is largely derived from people who initially had no preference but are leaning towards Murphy. Without leaning votes, Murphy would lead 46% to 45%.