Lamont Leads Lieberman in Lastest Quinnipiac Poll

Joe Lieberman is now lagging former unknown Ned Lamont among likely Democratic primary voters.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, under fire from activists in his own party, has lost ground to his challenger and is narrowly trailing him for the first time in their race for the Democratic nomination, a new poll released Thursday shows. Businessman Ned Lamont had support from 51 percent and Lieberman from 47 percent of likely Democratic voters in the latest Quinnipiac University poll – a slight Lamont lead given the survey’s sampling error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Technically, this is a statistical dead heat given that the spread is within the poll’s margin of error. Still, Lieberman is clearly toast within the context of this primary race–even though he’s widely expected to win, regardless, if he runs as an independent.

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  1. I’m not convinced he is toast within the primary. In a way, being ahead in the poll is more likely to make the Lamont net root supporters less likely to vote as they think someone else is going to take care of it. Lieberman supporters are more likely to be sure and vote. And of course, the same poll shows Lamont being trounced in the general election when the Krazy Kos Kids votes get swamped by the adult vote.

  2. James Joyner says:

    Having just spent a few days in CT talking to political junkies, I was shocked at how much enmity Lieberman has created.

  3. DC Loser says:

    I was just in CT and heard the Lamont radio ads, thought they were pretty funny.

  4. I’m still of the opinion that Lieberman made a mistake in not dropping out of the Democratic race weeks ago and announcing his intention to run as an independent. The nutroots were playing a game he couldn’t win, with a very narrow constituency that will show up for the primary.

  5. Pug says:

    I guess Bill Clinton doesn’t hold a grudge. Joe was the first guy on the Senate floor to rip him during the Lewinsky mess and still wanted to censure him after the Senate vote to acquit him on impeachment charges. Now Bill is coming try to save Joe’s bacon, so to speak.