Republicans Close The Gap In West Virginia, Connecticut
Two races that seemed like they’d be blowouts only a few months ago are looking very competitive as we head into the final month of the 2010 Campaign.
First, in Connecticut where Attorney General Richard Blumenthal once had a 25 point lead, polls from Quinnipiac and Rasmussen both show Republican Linda McMahon has closed the gap to no more than a five point Blumenthal lead.
Similarly, in West Virginia, where Governor Joe Manchin once held what seemed like an insurmountable lead, now Rasmussen shows Republican John Raese with a slight lead, albeit within the margin of error.
There are a month’s worth of debates scheduled in both states that are likely to go a long way toward deciding how the race pans out. However, as Nate Silver notes, these races have created a new scenario under which the GOP could take control of the Senate.
These races, which many had written off weeks ago, now deserve to be watched closely.