McMahon Closes Gap on Blumenthal as CT. Primary Unfolds

August 10, 2010 -

Even though Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal had a few moments of shame after he was caught overstating his military service earlier in the year, he managed to stay well ahead of his Republican rival, but things are changing rapidly.

That’s because, it seems, that Linda McMahon has the momentum, according to the latest polls so much so, in fact, that a Reuters story from Sunday has the political chattering classes in the state afraid to place any bets on who might win in Nov. Connecticut’s primary is today, and while McMahon and Blumenthal will have a fairly easy time rolling over their party's challenges to incumbency (barring any surprises), their match-up this November won't be a cake-walk for either of them.

What's most interesting about this race is that both candidates have a history with videogames. For Blumenthal it has been against video games in general, and for McMahon it has been as a character in videogames based on the company she ran for a very long time.

Blumenthal, who recently signed his state on to an amicus brief supporting California's video game law, may be outmatched in his bid for Chris Dodd's soon-to-be vacated Senate seat.

According to Reuters, McMahon has donated her campaign $50 million from her own personal funds and has been able to hire the best people, create the slickest political ads and generally get the message out to her target audience: independents and women.

Meanwhile, Blumenthal has only managed to raise a paltry $3.5 million, and is struggling both in the polls and in his strategy to reach out to voters that aren't from his own base. It's proving to be tough if you believe the polls. Analysts add that McMahon is carefully spending her campaign war chest.

"We have a genuine horse race. I wouldn't want predict the outcome," Gary Rose, professor of politics at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut told Reuters. "Her resources are off the chart. We've never seen anything like this in Connecticut. It's really a juggernaut."

"Her resources have allowed her to hire a really very skilled team. Her ads have been quite compelling," Rose added.

But having the money and gaining momentum isn't enough for McMahon, who has her fair share of problems that mostly go back to her work as CEO of WWE, her husband's antics and several tragedies that have plagued the sports entertainment company in the last couple of years.

It will, at the very least, be one of the more entertaining races to watch this political season.

Source: Reuters


Comments

Re: McMahon Closes Gap on Blumenthal as CT. Primary Unfolds

Linda officially won the nomination. It's unfortuante that Blumenthal's only tactic thus far has been to act as a moral guardian and arbiter of taste by bringing up the content of WWE's programming over a decade ago when Linda was not even involved in the creative aspect. And the Democratic Party has stated they will continue to hammer this rather than the issues. It almost reminds me of the Right to Censor gimmick the then-WWF was doing at that time. I originally believed the Democratic Party was about letting people live their lives and standing up to the self-righteous Christian Coalition hypocrites that dominate the GOP, but they have become just as bad, if not worse, and was one of the major reasons why I left the party.

Re: McMahon Closes Gap on Blumenthal as CT. Primary Unfolds

Because we all know if Linda is elected she will do the following....

*Enter the Senate to her Theme Music.

*Appoint Mae Young's Hand to handle social issues involving the elderly and African Americans.

*Will kill off Christianity and support satanic worshipping due to The Undertaker.

*Will give both the House and Senate the finger.

*When her bills pass, she'll share beers with everyone.

*Will tell those that disagree with her to suck it.

And so on.

 

 
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