Linda McMahon’s Campaign Disputing Latest Poll Showing Her Trailing in Senate Race

Nick Paglino

Linda McMahonAccording to TheDay.com, Linda McMahon's campaign is disputing a Quinnipiac poll released yesterday claiming that McMahon is trailing her Senate opponent, Christopher Murphy, by 6 percent.

According to the report, McMahon's campaign is critical of the poll's methodology, claiming that the poll undervalues Republicans by 6 percent. The following is an excerpt from the report:

In a conference call with reporters, [John] McLaughlin claimed the poll undersampled Republicans in the state by 6 percent. "For every point you take the Republicans down, you've just taken the Republican candidate down a point," he said.

McLaughlin questioned whether Quinnipiac's pollsters overstepped and editorialized the language in their news release, garnering unflattering headlines and radio bulletins for McMahon so close to Election Day.

Negative poll stories could affect the race's outcome by discouraging turnout, particularly from the unaffiliated and Democrats who are currently leaning toward voting for McMahon, he said. The Quinnipiac press release was titled "Murphy up as McMahon fades in Connecticut Senate race."

"You wonder if there's more of an agenda to this, where they're trying to produce an outcome or discourage the McMahon supporters," McLaughlin said.

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