Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy trails in poll on rematch

A not-so-great sign for Democrats intent on gaining governor's seats in 2014: Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) narrowly trails his GOP opponent in polling on a rematch of their 2010 race.

Gov. Dan Malloy (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Gov. Dan Malloy (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley (R) at 43 percent and Malloy at 40 percent.

Connecticut voters are evenly split on Malloy's job performance, with 47 percent approving and 47 percent disapproving. Forty-four percent say he deserves reelection, while 46 percent say he does not.

Malloy beat Foley by a very narrow margin in 2010, so it's not surprising that their race would be competitive. But 2010 was a good GOP year, and in a blue state like Connecticut, Democrats are hopeful that the incumbent can put some distance between himself and the competition heading into 2014.

Foley leads his primary with state Senate Minority Leader John McKinney 36 percent to 11 percent.

When McKinney is matched up against Malloy, Malloy holds a 44 percent to 37 percent lead.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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