Foley, Lamont Lead Governor Poll

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With three months to go before the August primaries, two wealthy Greenwich businessmen are leading the governor’s race.

Former ambassador Tom Foley is leading the Republican candidates and former Senate candidate Ned Lamont leads the Democrats.

The latest Quinnipiac Poll digs into what voters are thinking as we approach what is already a high-profile election season.

Foley won his party's nomination during last week's state convention and he will face Lt. Gov. Mike Fedele in the primary. Foley leads 37 percent in the poll to 11 percent for Fedele. Pollsters show Oz Griebel receiving 5 percent of the vote if the elections were today.

But, there is time to go and many registered Republicans said they don't know enough about the candidates to form an opinion.

On the Democratic side, Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy won the party nomination but Lamont leads in the poll, 41percent to 24 percent, with 30 percent undecided.

"In the governor's race, Ned Lamont leads Dan Malloy because of his advantage in money and name recognition that he built during his 2006 Senate run," Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said.

Both campaigns have different views on what those numbers mean and issued statements.

"With each poll, we've seen Ned's support grow as he tells more voters about his plan to put Connecticut back to work and move our state forward," said Lamont's Communications Director Justine Sessions.

"We've been saying for weeks we thought he'd open up a big lead in the Q-poll, and quite frankly, given that he's spent a million dollars on television and we haven't spent a dime, I'm surprised Ned's not leading by more," said Dan Kelly, Campaign Manager for the Dan Malloy for Governor campaign.

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