City | 11:30 pm | August 29, 2012 | By Nick Defiesta

QPac poll shows McMahon ahead

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Could Connecticut turn red this November? A new poll says it’s possible.

In the race for Joe Lieberman’s ’64 LAW ’67 U.S. Senate seat, Republican Linda McMahon holds a slight edge over Democrat Chris Murphy, 49-46, according to a poll out Tuesday from Quinnipiac University. The same poll found President Barack Obama with a 7-point lead over Republican Mitt Romney in the presidential contest.

Previous polls have found Murphy leading McMahon in Connecticut — a July survey of voters by Public Policy Polling gave the Democrat an 8-point lead. But those polls were of all voters; the Quinnipiac poll sampled likely voters, and found McMahon ahead by three percentage points.

Connecticut has not voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1988, and typically does not see much attention from presidential campaigns. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will stop by Greenwich next month for a $1,000-a-ticket fundraiser.

In this poll, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,472 likely voters in the state with a reported 2.6 percent margin of error.

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