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Poll: Blumenthal Enjoys Big Leads Over Potential Challengers In Re-Election

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal has high favorable ratings in the most recent Quinnipiac University Poll.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal has high favorable ratings in the most recent Quinnipiac University Poll. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — An early look at the 2016 U.S. Senate race in Connecticut shows Democratic incumbent Sen. Richard Blumenthal has 2-1 leads over two possible Republican challengers, according to the Quinnipiac Poll.

Among potential challengers, Blumenthal, a Democrat from Greenwich, leads:

  • 61 percent vs. 27 percent over economist Lawrence Kudlow of Redding; and
  • 61 percent vs. 26 percent over businessman August Wolf.
Voters approve 62 percent vs. 31 percent of the job Blumenthal is doing and give him a 61 percent vs. 29 percent favorability rating.

His Republican challengers are virtually unknown: 84 percent of voters don't know enough about Kudlow to form an opinion and 88 percent don't know enough about Wolf.

"With 13 months until he faces re-election, Blumenthal has a 2-1 approval rating and similar 2-1 leads over possible Republican challengers," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz.

The poll was conducted from October 7 to 11, surveying 1,735 registered voters with a margin of error of 2.4 percentage points.

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