For the first time in months, Democratic State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has a double-digit lead in the U.S. Senate race.
A Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday morning puts Blumenthal at 54 percent and Republican former WWE CEO Linda McMahon at 43 percent.
Last month, three percentage points separated the candidates: Blumenthal: 49, McMahon: 46 percent.
"After Linda McMahon had climbed to within 3 points of Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, he has stopped her momentum and increased his lead by 8 points in two weeks,” Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said. “While September wasn't very good for Blumenthal, perhaps like Reggie Jackson, he could be called 'Mr. October.'"
Schwartz credits Blumenthal’s best poll numbers since the start of the fall campaign to support from women, Democrats and independents.
"Blumenthal is running stronger among Democrats than McMahon is running among Republicans. He is winning women by an overwhelming 31-point margin, while McMahon has struggled with women throughout the campaign. They have a negative image of her but like him by more than 2-1," Schwartz said.
The candidates participated in their first face-to-face debate on Oct. 7 and the poll was conducted from Oct. 7 to 11.
Independent voters shifted from 49 to 44 percent for McMahon to 49 to 44 percent for Blumenthal today. Women back Blumenthal, 63 to 32 percent, while men back McMahon, 52 to 46 percent.
"Linda McMahon may have peaked too soon and her advertising saturation could be causing 'McMahon fatigue," Schwartz said. "With only three weeks left in the campaign, McMahon is down by 11 points with only 3 percent undecided. Even if she won all the undecided, she still would fall short. This has been a very unusual election year, however, so anything is possible."