Connecticut's U.S. Senate race remains close as Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy holds a six percentage point lead over Republican Linda McMahon, according to report from a UConn/Hartford Courant poll released last week.
A group of Westport Democrats gathered Sunday for a Democratic Town Committee brunch at Mario Battali’s Tarry Lodge restaurant while Gov. Dannel P. Malloy spoke on behalf of Murphy and other Democrats.
According to the UConn/Hartford Courant poll, 44 percent of likely voters support Murphy, while 38 percent support McMahon. 17 percent said they were undecided.
McMahon and Murphy debated for the fourth and final time on Thursday. Social security and women’s issues were some of the main topics.
While McMahon continues to outspend Murphy with her personal wealth, Murphy’s campaign for U.S. Senate raised $3 million in the third fundraising quarter of 2012, bringing the campaign’s fundraising total to more than $8.5 million, according to a news release from the Friends of Chris Murphy.
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“The incredible number of contributions that we received this quarter confirms the support that I have seen in communities across the state for a campaign focused on the issues that matter to Connecticut families,” Murphy said in the news release. “I can’t write myself a check for $50 million, but I’ve got something much better: enthusiastic supporters that no candidate can buy."
During the third quarter, Murphy’s campaign received 30,672 contributions, more than eight times the number of contributions received in the second quarter. The average individual contribution was $79, and nearly one third of the contributions were received in the last week of the quarter, according to the press release.