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ELECTION 2010: GOVERNOR ELECTIONS

  • Connecticut Governor: Foley (R) Edges Slightly Ahead of Malloy (D)

    Republican Thomas Foley now holds a sliver of a lead over Democrat Dan Malloy in the final Rasmussen Reports survey of the 2010 Connecticut governor’s race. It’s the first time Foley’s been ahead since April.

    The Republican now earns 48% support from Likely Voters in Connecticut, while Malloy gets 46% of the vote. One percent (1%) prefer another candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    The race remains a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.

    A week ago, Malloy, an ex-mayor of Stamford, held a 49% to 46% lead over Foley, a wealthy businessman and former U.S. ambassador to Ireland. Malloy has consistently been the front-runner in surveys dating back to May, with support ranging from 38% to 50%. Foley, in those same surveys, has earned 33% to 45% of the vote. But Foley has been closing the gap between the two over the past month.

    The candidates held their final debate Friday night. This survey was conducted on Sunday.

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    The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Connecticut was conducted on October 31, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

    Republican Linda McMahon receives her highest level of support to date, but she still trails Democratic state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal by seven points in the final Rasmussen Reports look at Connecticut’s U.S. Senate race.

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  • Governor Scorecard: GOP 28 Dems 12 Toss-Ups 9 Ind 1

    New polling Vermont moves that state's gubernatorial race from Toss-Up to Leans Democrat in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.

  • New Hampshire Governor: Lynch (D) Retains Smaller Lead On Stephen (R)

    Democratic Governor John Lynch holds a six-point lead in his bid for reelection in New Hampshire.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Lynch picking up 51% of the vote, while Republican John Stephen, a former state Health and Human Services commissioner, draws 45% of the vote. One percent (1%) prefers some other candidate, and three percent (3%) are still undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    These numbers move this race from Solid Democrat to Leans Democrat in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.

    Just over two weeks ago, Lynch held a 53% to 43% lead over Stephen. The race was closest in September, just after Stephen bounced to a near tie with the incumbent following his GOP primary win. Prior to last month's findings, Lynch, who is seeking a fourth two-year term, held double-digit leads in four surveys conducted since March, earning 47% to 50% support. Stephen picked up 35% to 39% of the vote in those same surveys.

    The new survey was taken the same night the candidates held a televised debate.

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    This statewide telephone survey of 750 Likely Voters in New Hampshire was conducted on October 27, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

    Republican Kelly Ayotte earns her highest level of support yet against Democratic Congressman Paul Hodes in New Hampshire's U.S. Senate race.

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  • Pennsylvania Governor: Corbett (R) Remains Ahead of Onorato (D)

    Republican state Attorney General Tom Corbett holds a nine-point lead over his Democratic rival in the final Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the Pennsylvania governor’s race.

    Corbett has the support of 52% of Likely Voters in the state, while 43% prefer Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato. Two percent (2%) like another candidate in the race, and four percent (4%) are still undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    The race remains Leans Republican in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.

    A week ago, Corbett’s lead narrowed to five points, 50% to 45%.  It was the closest the race has been since February. In surveys this year, Corbett has consistently led Onorato with support ranging from 45% to 54%.  In those same surveys, Onorato has earned 26% to 45% of the vote.

    President Obama appeared with Onorato and Democratic Senate hopeful Joe Sestak in Philadelphia on Saturday in hopes of giving a lift to both candidates. Republican Pat Toomey still holds a small lead over Sestak in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race.

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    The statewide survey of 750 Likely Voters in Pennsylvania was conducted on October 28, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

    Additional data from the survey will be released at RasmussenReports.com/Pennsylvania.

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  • Arkansas Governor: Beebe (D) Runs Up Lead on Keet (R)

    Incumbent Democrat Mike Beebe has pulled away to a sizable lead over Republican Jim Keet in the final Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the Arkansas governor’s race.

  • Vermont Governor: Shumlin (D) Has The Edge on Dubie (R)

    Democrat Peter Shumlin now holds his highest level of support against Republican Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie in the race to be Vermont’s next governor.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Shumlin, the state Senate president pro tempore, picking up 50%. Dubie draws the vote from 45%. One percent (1%) prefer some other candidate, and three percent (3%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

    The latest numbers move this race from a Toss-Up to Leans Democrat in the  Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.

    Vermont allows early voting, and among those who have already cast their ballots, Shumlin leads Dubie 56% to 38%.

    Just days after Shumlin won an extremely close Democratic primary in September, he took a modest 49% to 46% edge over Dubie.  Prior to that time, Shumlin was one of the weaker Democratic candidates matched against Dubie, trailing by double-digits in surveys in June and March.

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    The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Vermont was conducted on October 28, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Arizona Governor: Brewer (R) Still Well Ahead of Goddard (D)

    Incumbent Republican Jan Brewer remains well ahead of Arizona’s Democratic Attorney General Terry Goddard in the state’s gubernatorial contest.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Arizona shows Brewer with 53% support to Goddard’s 39%. Seven percent (7%) like some other candidate, and one percent (1%) is still undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

    As it has from the start, this race remains Solid Republican in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.

    At the beginning of the month, Brewer held a similar 55% to 39% lead.  Since May, Brewer's support has run from 52% to 60%, while Goddard's has remained in the 35% to 39% range.

    Arizona allows early voting, and among those who have already voted, Brewer leads Goddard 53% to 43%.

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    The survey of 500 Likely Voters in Arizona was conducted on October 28, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Colorado Governor: Hickenlooper (D), Tancredo (ACP) Take It to the Finish

    Republican candidate Dan Maes now has just single-digit support, but Democrat John Hickenlooper still holds a slight lead over independent candidate Tom Tancredo in Colorado’s race for governor.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state shows Hickenlooper with a 47% to 42% lead over Tancredo, a former GOP congressman now running as the candidate of the American Constitution Party. Maes trails with five percent (5%) support. Six percent (6%) like some other candidate in the race, and one percent (1%) is undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    This is the best showing yet for both Hickenlooper and Tancredo, and the race moves back to Leans Democrat in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard. Two weeks ago, Hickenlooper, the mayor of Denver, held a 42% to 38% lead over Tancredo, with Maes at 12

    Support for Tancredo who entered the race saying Maes cannot beat Hickenlooper has risen from 14% in late August, while Maes’ support has dropped from a high of 31% just after his GOP Primary win earlier that month.  In that same period, Hickenlooper’s support has generally held steady in the low to mid 40s.

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    The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Colorado was conducted on October 28, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

    Additional data from this survey will be released at www.rasmussenreports.com/Colorado.

    Republican Ken Buck still holds a slight lead over incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet as Colorado’s U.S. Senate race heads down to the wire.

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  • Massachusetts Governor: Patrick (D), Baker (R) Nearly Tied

    The Massachusetts governor’s race is now closer than it has been all year.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds incumbent Democratic Governor Deval Patrick with 46% support, while Republican challenger Charlie Baker gets 44% of the vote. Democrat-turned-Independent Tim Cahill remains a distant third with six percent (6%). Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, but just one percent (1%) is still undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    The race now moves from Leans Democrat to a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.

    Less than two weeks ago, Patrick held a 47% to 42% lead over Baker. The incumbent has led the field in surveys since March, but Baker broke out of the 30s in mid-September as support for Cahill began to fade.

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    The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Massachusetts was conducted on October 27, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

    Platinum subscribers, with access to much more details of these poll results, also will learn:

    • Jobs have been a big issue in this race. But Massachusetts voters have more trust in one candidate when it comes to the economy and jobs.
    • Most voters think all the candidates are in the mainstream, but they rate one as more mainstream than the others.
    •  Unaffiliated voters have a clear preference in the race.
  • California Governor: Brown (D) Remains Just Ahead of Whitman (R)

    With only a few days until Election Day, Democrat Jerry Brown holds a slightly smaller lead over Republican Meg Whitman in California’s gubernatorial race.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Brown picking up 49% support, while Whitman draws the vote from 45%. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and three percent (3%) are still undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

    These numbers move the race from Leans Democrat back to a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Gubernatorial Scorecard.

    Last week, Brown held a 48% to 42% edge over Whitman. Support for Brown, a longtime Democratic figure in the state who previously served as governor from 1975 to 1983, has steadily risen from 40% in late August. Backing for Whitman, a former CEO of eBay, has fallen slightly from a high of 48% in the same period.

    In four surveys conducted throughout October, Brown has earned 48% to 50% of the vote. Whitman has picked up 42% to 45% vote in the same period.

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    The survey of 750 Likely Voters in California was conducted on October 27, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

    Other data from this survey can be found at www.rasmussenreports.com/California

    Incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer and Republican challenger Carly Fiorina are still neck-and-neck in California’s U.S. Senate race.

    Who's leading among those who have already voted? Do California voters prefer someone with political experience or someone who’s never held office? Become a Platinum member to find out.