CT SEN/Rasmussen: Murphy by 5

Today, the right-leaning Rasmussen Reports came out with a new poll on the senate race that was conducted after the debate...and it has Chris Murphy with a lead over Linda McSham by 5 points.  

Democratic Congressman Chris Murphy has now moved to five-point lead over Republican businesswoman Linda McMahon in Connecticut's U.S. Senate race.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Connecticut Voters shows Murphy with 51% of the vote, while McMahon earns 46% support. Two percent (2%) favor another candidate in the race, and one percent (1%) is undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The two candidates met in their first debate late Sunday morning. This poll was conducted later that day.

Additionally, Murphy's lead is largely derived from "leaners." These are people who initially indicate no preference for either of the candidates but indicate they are leaning towards one candidate when asked a follow-up question. Without leaners, it's Murphy 46% and McMahon 45%. This is consistent with the notion that the state's underlying Democratic tilt will help Murphy in the final analysis.

Since McSham's squad has quick to dismiss the poll from Public Policy Polling, I can't to hear their reaction to the latest data from a Republican-friendly polling firm...

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