03 August, 2006

Lamont's Lead Widens In Connecticut


Businessman Ned Lamont's lead is widening over incumbent Democrat Sen. Joe Lieberman in the race for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Connecticut.

Just days away from the Aug. 8 primary, the latest Quinnipiac University poll for Connecticut puts Lamont ahead in the race 54% to 41%.

Lamont pulled ahead in a July 20 poll, 51% to 47%, so he has increased his lead from 4 points to 13 in just two weeks. As recently as a June 8 poll, Lieberman led Lamont 55% to 40%.

The poll questioned likely Democratic voters.

Among the Lamont supporters, 65% said their vote is primarily a vote against Lieberman.

Some 44% of Lamont's supporters say they are voting for him because of Lieberman's stance in favor of the war in Iraq, while 50% say the war is one reason they prefer Lamont.

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