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Esty Releases Internal Poll Showing Wide Lead in 5th District

by | Oct 13, 2014 12:37pm () Comments | Commenting has expired | Share
Posted to: Congress, 5th CD

Matt DeRienzo file photo Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty’s campaign said Monday that internal polling shows her up 16 points with a 52 to 36 percent lead over Republican Mark Greenberg in her bid to seek a second term representing Connecticut’s 5th District.

Esty spokeswoman Laura Maloney said that the poll of 400 “likely” voters was conducted Oct. 8-10 and showed 12 percent of respondents undecided with less than a month before the election.

The campaign did not release the poll itself or any other details, including the breakdown of respondents’ party affiliation or other demographics. Nor did the campaign release previous internal polling that might indicate whether this result was an improvement or worse than Esty’s previous numbers. The poll came on the heels of a negative TV ad blitz the Esty campaign launched against Greenberg.

Unlike gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races in Connecticut, which get attention from Quinnipiac University and other polling companies, there has been little independent pre-election polling of 5th District congressional campaigns in recent years. Occasionally, an individual campaign will release some details of their own internal polling, but like Esty in this case, they often withhold information that doesn’t fit with the narrative they want to present about their candidate.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had ranked the 5th District as one of the most competitive congressional match-ups in the country this year after Esty won by a razor-thin margin against Republican Andrew Roraback two years ago. But the DCCC recently pulled money that it was going to spend on her behalf, however, and diverted it to races where it presumably deemed the Democratic candidate to need more assistance.

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posted by: SocialButterfly | October 13, 2014  8:08pm

The Esty negative paid campaign ads have hurt Greenberg’s chances. The current poll reflects in a healthy lead for Esty.  Greenberg’s counter ad with his Dad and barking dog could be too little and possibly too late for him to recover, unless he can launch heavy attack ad’s down the stretch.  The Democratic National Committee has put a lot of money on the line to win the 5th district for Esty.

posted by: MGKW | October 14, 2014  6:01am

Greenberg is asking people to forget his Tea Party past…maybe if he want a couple for election cycles they could….but he said some things about social security, reproductive rights and US military action in the Mideast that are just too troubling…look forward to see how his campaign will spin this ....“Hail Mary”

posted by: art vandelay | October 15, 2014  4:41pm

art vandelay

Representing the 5th Congressional for Esty is her job for life. It will be impossible for any Republican to ever win a congressional seat in this state.

posted by: SocialButterfly | October 16, 2014  9:27am

@art vandelay: You are too accommodating in your surrender response. That’s why the Democratic party is “vitually taking Connecticut off the map.” We are the epitome of Pres. Obama socialism adopted by
Dannel Malloy. Our state has a servitude class of voters that has embraced Obamaism, packaged by politically entrenched Malloyism.  The only chance
for the Nutmeg state’s survival is to elect Tom Foley as governor to end the Democratic political strangle-hold on our besieged atate, and make a candidate like Mark Greenberg “electable.”

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