Boughton second to Foley in bid for GOP nod
On the eve of a major visit by President to Connecticut to promote an increase to the minimum wage part of a mid term election year strategy by finds himself in a dead heat with his 2010 foe and would be Republican challenger .
In its first public opinion poll on the race since last June, in Hamden has Malloy and Foley tied at 42 percent among registered voters, with the first term incumbent's job approval rating still less than 50 percent. The poll's margin of error was 2.3 percent.
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The overall numbers appear to be trending ever so slightly for Malloy, who trailed Foley 43 to 40 percent last summer and saw his job approval rating increase from 47 to 48 percent.
"We have tried to be consistent in not saying much about polls because, what's there to say," said , a spokesman for Malloy. "Polls come and go, numbers go up and down . The governor always does what he thinks is best for the state and the right thing to do."
And while Foley leads the pack of Republicans, with 36 percent of registered Republicans saying they would vote for him in a primary, Danbury Mayor increased several points since last summer to knock state Sen. out of second place in the poll of potential primary results.
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"This very well could come down to a two person race for the nomination," Boughton said Tuesday, adding that he's happy with how strong his campaign is trending. "The race is wide open and we are working every day to woo potential delegates. We feel that we are in a very good position."
Boughton said he was also pleased to be trailing Malloy by nine points in the general election, considering, he said, that Malloy has had millions worth of free media coverage while sitting in the governor's office for the past four years and Foley spent more than $12 million during the last campaign.
"We haven't spent a dime yet on the campaign and we're within striking distance of Foley," he said.
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The bad news for Boughton and McKinney is that Foley holds a 25 point edge over his nearest competitor in the Republican field.
McKinney attempted to throw water on the prospect of a rematch between Malloy and Foley. The sharpest rhetoric came directly from in a talking points memo from his campaign, however.
"The first poll of the gubernatorial campaign shows that Connecticut voters firmly believe it is time for a change from the failed policies of Governor Dan Malloy," the memo said. "It is equally clear, however, that voters do not think Tom Foley is the answer for our ailing economy. Republican voters should be very concerned to see that despite spending $10 million to achieve statewide name recognition, Ambassador Foley is viewed negatively by more than 20 percent of those polled, even before the Malloy machine throws what is sure to be its first well financed punch."
Shelton Mayor ; , a tea party aligned candidate from the capital region; and state Sen. , R Wilton, rounded out the field in the latest Quinnipiac poll.
When it comes to women voters, a core constituency seen as pivotal going into the November election, Malloy holds a 45 to 37 percent advantage over Foley.
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to the president, Democrats are widely perceived to be playing to women with the centerpiece of their election year agenda raising the minimum wage to $10.10.
The issue appears to be in their wheelhouse, with 62 percent of those polled by Quinnipiac saying they favored the minimum wage increase. A quarter of the respondents want no increase.