Rock and roll hoochie koo. Here we go, one day before Tsunami Tuesday and the races for governor are tight.
Well, never let it be said Ned Lamont isn’t banking on a big Bridgeport win. So confident (or hopeful) of a Park City plurality he’s decided to park himself in the state’s largest city at Testo’s Restaurant, owned by Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa, where he and his operation will field returns.
A lot is riding on this for Mayor Bill Finch and Testa. They’re gambling that Lamont’s money–now approaching $9 million invested in the primary–will vault him to the general election and the governor’s mansion in November, and in return goodies for Bridgeport and their political peeps.
Not so fast say supporters of Democratic-endorsed Dan Malloy, former mayor of Stamford. A whole bunch of high-profile city Dems are backing his candidacy including former Town Chair John Stafstrom and State Rep. Chris Caruso who’s expected to challenge Finch in 2011.
On the GOP guber side Tom Foley, Michael Fedele and Oz Griebel will determine the Republican standard bearer. Several other races as well such as the GOP primary for U.S. Senate between Linda McMahon, Rob Simmons and Peter Schiff. Also, the GOP race in Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District to determine Democrat Jim Himes challenger in November, between Dan Debicella, Rob Merkle and former Bridgeport GOP Town Chair Rick Torres.
And let us not forget that cat fight to select the next Republican registrar of voters, Theresa Pavia versus Linda Grace.
Primaries are weird birds. They’re all about identifying friends and dragging them to the pols. I’ve seen it happen many times, a candidate has identified more friends than the opponent but came up short when the votes were counted.
Let’s hear your predictions. Q poll released today:
The Democratic primary for governor in Connecticut is going down to the wire with businessman Ned Lamont at 45 percent and former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy at 42 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll of Democratic likely primary voters released today. This compares to a 45 – 40 percent Lamont lead August 5. Today, 12 percent remain undecided and 30 percent of those who choose a candidate say they might change their mind.
Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon is pulling away from Rob Simmons and now leads 50 – 28 percent, with 15 percent for Peter Schiff, compared to 47 – 30 percent in an August 4 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Today, 7 percent are undecided and 30 percent of those who choose a candidate say they might change their mind.
Lt. Gov. Mike Fedele continues his surge among Republican likely primary voters and now trails former ambassador Tom Foley 38 – 30 percent, compared to 41 – 26 percent August 5. Today, Oz Griebel has 17 percent, as 14 percent remain undecided and 47 percent of those who choose a candidate say they might change their mind.
“The Democratic governor’s race between Ned Lamont and Dan Malloy is too close to call and the Republican governor’s race between Tom Foley and Lt. Gov. Mike Fedele could produce a surprise,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD. “In the Republican Senate contest, it looks like Rob Simmons would need more than a surprise; he would need a miracle to catch Linda McMahon. But in politics, miracles do happen.”