Connecticut Senate seat slipping from GOP’s reach, playing field narrows

Jeff Winkler Contributor
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The race for the open Connecticut Senate seat, which has been seen as a possible pick up for Republicans, is trending to stay in Democratic hands, narrowing the number of opportunities the GOP has to win the Senate.

A new Rasmussen poll Monday shows that Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is leading Republican candidate and former wrestling executive Linda McMahon by 13 points, prompting RealClearPolitics to move the race into the “Likely Democratic” category.

A month ago, McMahon had closed the gap to within five points and Republicans had hoped that an upset in Connecticut could help them reach the Senate majority. Now, it appears that the GOP has to hope to score a victory in either California or Washington in order to have a chance to win the Senate.

The McMahon campaign, however, told The Daily Caller that  internal polling shows the race to be “very close.”

“Linda has been under sustained assault in the form of television attack ads from both Washington Democrats and the Blumenthal campaign, and those attacks have had an impact, but our internal polling suggest this race is again tightening …,” said Deputy Communications director Shawn McCoy.

In the Golden State, Carly Fiorina has been consistently closing in on Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer and has reduced the gap to to points in the most recent poll.

In Washington, Democrat Patty Marry and Republican Dino Rossi are fighting in a neck-on-neck race to the finish. Republicans have to add one of those seats to their win column, along with all of the races that are currently considered toss ups, to take the Senate.