Lieberman Cuts into Lamont's Lead

According to a Quinnipiac University poll that was released today, Lieberman has cut into Lamont’s lead:

HARTFORD, Conn. –HARTFORD, Conn. — U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, fighting for his political survival, appears to be cutting into challenger Ned Lamont’s lead the day before Connecticut’s Democratic primary election, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.

The poll shows Lamont, a wealthy Greenwich businessman, with a slight lead of 51 percent to 45 percent over Lieberman among likely Democratic voters heading into Tuesday’s primary.

Last week’s Quinnipiac poll showed Lamont leading 54 percent to 41 percent. Lamont also had a slight lead in Quinnipiac’s July 20 poll.

“Obviously we are very thrilled,” Lieberman spokeswoman Marion Steinfels said. “People who are making this decision are taking a serious look at Lieberman and Lamont and believe that Joe’s the one who has been fighting for them.”

A message was left with the Lamont campaign seeking comment.

Interesting shift in momentum. John McIntyre at RCP Blog offers this analysis:

Looking at the state’s registration and recent voting trends, 40% is the rough number Lieberman needs to stay above in order to remain the favorite in the three-way race against Lamont. Given all of the energy on the challenger’s side, it wouldn’t be surprising if Lamont outperforms the polls, and perhaps significantly. If Lamont wins by more than 20 points (62-38), Lieberman is in all likelihood finished. However, if Lieberman is able to pull within single digits that would be a very good sign for his chances in the fall. Lieberman’s distance from 40% will be the best tell on how the three-way race will shake out.

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