Dick Blumenthal survives Vietnam allegations in CT-Senate

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Thursday, May 27, 2010; 9:41 AM

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows that Connecticut Attorney General Dick Blumenthal's (D) acknowledgment of a series of misstatements regarding the depth of his Vietnam service has bent but not come close to breaking his frontrunning candidacy for the seat of retiring Sen. Chris Dodd (D) this fall. Blumenthal leads former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon, the likely Republican nominee, by 25 points -- 56 percent to 31 percent -- in the poll. That lead is down from the whopping 61 percent to 28 percent edge he held in a mid-March poll but that slight slippage is far from the total erosion that many predicted for Blumenthal in the wake of a New York Times story that detailed exaggerations made by the state's top cop over the last several decades in public life. Most importantly for Blumenthal and Senate Democrats, while nearly nine in 10 said they had heard Connecticut - New York Times - Linda McMahon - Richard Blumenthal - Quinnipiac University

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