Skip to comments.Lamont Inches Ahead Of Lieberman In Dem Primary,
Posted on 07/20/2006 7:00:30 AM PDT by .cnI redruM
Anti-war Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate Ned Lamont has surged to a razor-thin 51 - 47 percent lead over incumbent Sen. Joseph Lieberman among likely Democratic primary voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
This compares to a 55 - 40 percent lead for Sen. Lieberman among likely Democratic primary voters in a June 8 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.
In possible general election matchups: Lieberman defeats Republican challenger Alan Schlesinger 68 - 15 percent; Lamont beats Schlesinger 45 - 22 percent, with 24 percent undecided; Running as an independent, Lieberman gets 51 percent, to 27 percent for Lamont and 9 percent for Schlesinger.
"Lamont has turned what looked like a blowout into a very close Democratic primary race," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D.
"Lamont is up, while Lieberman's Democratic support is dropping. More Democrats have a favorable opinion of Lamont, who was largely unknown last month, and see him as an acceptable alternative to Lieberman. But Lieberman's strength among Republicans and independents gives him the lead in a three-way matchup in November."
All voters say 56 - 31 percent that Lieberman deserves reelection, but likely Democratic primary voters split 46 - 45 percent on this question.
In an open-ended question, where voters can give any answer, 35 percent of those likely Democratic primary voters who say Lieberman does not deserve reelection list his support for the war in Iraq as the main reason.
Lamont does not have the "right kind of experience to be a U.S. Senator," voters say 39 - 24 percent, with 37 percent undecided. Likely Democratic primary voters split 37 - 37 percent on Lamont's experience.
"Among the 45 percent of likely Democratic primary voters who think Lieberman shouldn't be reelected, the biggest group, 35 percent, cite the war in Iraq as the main reason," Dr. Schwartz said. "And 45 percent of likely Democratic primary voters say they would vote against Lieberman solely because of his support of the war."
Pretty much. I'd say the purge has begun.
Since when is %4 'inches'? lol
Good though Joe has promised to vote with Dems if elected as an independent this will still bode well for our team. The cost of two Dems vs. a Republican in a general election will help distract attention and some resources from other races that the DSC and DNC would rather focus on. Goes from an easy win for a Dem to a wild card race where it would be possible though not likely for the Republican to eke out a victory
he he :)
Lamont you big dummy!
This is outrageous. Just a scant 6 years ago, Joe was the VP nominee of the this party for crying out loud. Now he is being purged by stalinists.
YOU BIG DUMMY!!
LOL! You beat me to it. But I had a picture. NYAHNYAH.
The democrats have decided to give up the polical middle for the sake of the rights of terrorists.
Extremists supporting extremists.
I would never vote for Joe but I think the way his party is rejecting him really stinks. He has been a loyal Democrat office holder for decades, helped Al Gore almost get elected president, but now because he wants to defend America his party turns on him. Pretty low.
It is true that polls now show Lieberman would win big if he runs as an independent. But i agree with those who say the dynamics would change big time if Lamont wins the primary. Lieberman and his people would be dispirited. The Dems would be fractured. The shock waves of an incumbent senator being defeated in a primary would be a huge national story. So the Nov 7 race could be close too. Unfortunately the Republican, Alan Schlesinger, probably won't even be a factor.
If my sarcasm tags had been in 48 type size, would you guys have spotted them....
Hendrick points out that one reason there is this action against Lieberman is lingering anger over the feeble speech on the Senate floor that Lieberman gave, eye lashing Clinton vigorously for lying to the nation and disgracing the office. So, the left is going to use the long knives on Joe for that?
Clintonoids never forget.
Damn! Great picture too!
This also says much about NE lefty voters who have no morality in their choice of good American candidates who support basic American values. Lefties never support basic American values, historic or spiritual. Conn. must really have some propaganda machine to buy into a Leftist world view. Mass, RI, whew. Horrors for those citizens who actually want to elect values' representatives that are not built on cut and run, anti-military, anti-American historicity.
Who knows, maybe the GOP can pull out a win in a three-way race?
Since you cannot believe these polls.
Why the hell *cant* the GOP pull a victory against 2 Democrats?
It would be sad if we couldnt get 35% Rock-solid GOP voters in CT. Very sad.
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