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NEW HAVEN—The regulars at a pinochle game at a New Haven senior center got a visit from Chris Murphy—and demonstrated how hard it is to deliver a clear message or talk about real issues in Connecticut’s too-close-to-call U.S. Senate race.

Murphy, a Democrat, is locked in a bitter race with Republican Linda McMahon for Connecticut’s open Senate seat in the final weeks leading up to a Nov. 6 general election.

On Tuesday, Murphy stopped by the city-run Atwater Senior Center in Fair Haven to greet seniors, and air a new line of attack against his contender on the eve of a larger rally with seniors, dependent on a creative interpretation of a statement McMahon once made about social security.

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