Only 5 Points Separate Lamont, Malloy


With just five days until the Connecticut primary, only 5 percentage points separate the Democratic nominees for governor.

The latest poll from Quinnipiac University shows Dan Malloy trailing Ned Lamont, 45 percent to 40 percent. Last month, Malloy trailed Lamont by 9 percentage points.

"Lamont still has the edge, but with 14 percent of voters undecided and 43 percent who still could change their mind, it is close enough that Malloy could pull it off," said poll director Douglas Schwartz.

On the Republican side, Mike Fedele trails Tom Foley, 41 percent to 26 percent. That's a big improvement from July when Fedele only had 13 percent.

"Mike Fedele is coming on very strong in these final weeks, but it may not be enough to overcome Tom Foley's huge early lead," Schwartz said.

The other Republican candidate, Oz Griebel, is polling at 13 percent. Among the likely Republican voters who were surveyed, 21 percent are undecided and 62 percent said they might change their minds before the primary.

"Foley's negatives have risen, probably due in part to Fedele's TV ads," said Schwartz. "There is still a lot of voter uncertainty in this race, but with less than a week to go, there isn't much time left for Fedele."

Democrats still have the edge in the race for governor, according to Quinnipiac's poll. Lamont and Malloy lead any of the possible Republican candidates by a margin of 13 percent to 25 percent.

If one of them does become governor, he would be the first Democratic governor in 24 years.

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