(Updated with VIDEO 11:21 a.m.) With a week to go before the election it looks like there hasn’t been much movement in the U.S. Senate race where Richard Blumenthal holds a 12 point lead over Linda McMahon or the governor’s race where Dan Malloy holds a five point lead over Tom Foley.
In the latest Quinnipiac University poll shows only three percent of voters are undecided in the U.S. Senate race and six percent of voters who name a candidate say they could change their mind by Election Day.
Women still back Blumenthal 61 to 35 percent and men are split with 49 percent going to McMahon and 47 percent to Blumenthal.
“The vote for Connecticut governor and senator is solidifying. There has been little movement in either race in the last two weeks,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Doug Schwartz.
“Linda McMahon has tried to raise Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s negatives over the last several weeks, but she hasn’t been successful,” Schwartz said. “He remains popular, but McMahon’s own negatives have risen above 50 percent. One has to wonder if over the last few weeks McMahon would have been better off spending more of her millions on positive ads.”
McMahon’s campaign maintains that this race is closer than the current polls show.
“This election remains extremely competitive, and we believe the margin is closer today than it was even a few days ago,’ Ed Patru, McMahon’s communications director, said Tuesday. “If that were not the case, it’s unlikely that we would see the Blumenthal campaign degenerating further and further into the gutter. Over the past few days, his special interest-funded attack machine has employed some of the most despicable and reprehensible campaign tactics imaginable, and all of it is part of Dick Blumenthal’s strategy to distract voters from the most important issue: job creation.”
“It’s worth remembering that earlier this year, polling showed Democrat Martha Coakley with a growing 15-point lead over Republican Scott Brown, 50-35, just nine days before the election,” Patru added referring to the January contest in Massachusetts, a Blue State, similar to Connecticut.
Blumenthal’s campaign says it has the momentum.
“In this final week before Election Day, we have a tremendous amount of energy, enthusiasm and momentum building in our campaign and across the state,” Mindy Myers, Blumenthal’s campaign manager, said. “The poll that really matters is one week away and this race will be tough until the end. Dick Blumenthal is going to continue traveling the state, listening to people, and asking for their support, with a record that makes clear he will stand up to the special interests and fight for the people of Connecticut in Washington just as he has here. ”
Schwartz said it appears McMahon peaked at the end of September when she closed the gap to within three points of Blumenthal.
Click here for the Oct. 14 poll results in the U.S. Senate race.
In the governor’s race Malloy leads Foley 48 to 43 percent with just seven percent of undecided voters and 11 percent saying they may change their mind before next Tuesday.
In the latest poll Independent voters have swung back in favor of Malloy 50 to 41 percent. In the last poll Independent voters were breaking for Foley.
The poll conducted From Oct. 18-Oct. 24 surveyed 702 voters and has a 3.7 percent margin of error.