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Connecticut Governor: Malloy (D), Foley (R) Run Close

Democrat Dan Malloy continues to hold a small lead over Republican Thomas Foley in the race to be Connecticut’s next governor following last week's debate in New London.

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Malloy, the former mayor of Stamford, still picking up 49% of the vote. But Foley, a businessman and ex-ambassador to Ireland, now draws support from 45%, his best showing to date. One percent (1%) prefers some other candidate, while five percent (5%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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

The race has tightened since late September when Malloy held a 10-point lead. Earlier this month, he held a narrower 49% to 44% edge over Foley. In surveys dating back to May, Malloy has consistently been the front-runner, with support ranging from 38% to 50%. Foley, in those same surveys, has earned 33% to 45% of the vote. 

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The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Connecticut was conducted on October 14, 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. 
Democrat Richard Blumenthal now leads Republican Linda McMahon by just five points in Connecticut’s race for the U.S. Senate in a survey conducted two nights after their third and final head-to-head debate. 

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