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Lamont Leads Lieberman 54% to 41% in New Poll


No wonder Holy Joe is desperate, cornered, flailing and trying to change the topic to Anything But Iraq.  He’s getting hammered:

Ned Lamont (D) leads Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) 54% to 41% among likely Democratic primary voters, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

This compares to a 51% to 47% Lamont lead in the last poll two weeks ago.

Key findings:

  • In this latest survey, 5 percent of likely Democratic primary voters remain undecided, but 85 percent of voters say their mind is made up.
  • Among Lamont supporters, 65 percent say their vote is mainly against Lieberman.
  • Lieberman’s support for the war in Iraq is the main reason they are voting for the challenger, 44 percent of Lamont voters say, with 50 percent who say the war is one of the reasons.

Said pollster Douglas Schwartz: "Sen. Lieberman’s campaign bus seems to be stuck in reverse. Despite visits from former President Bill Clinton and other big name Democrats, Lieberman has not been able to stem the tide to Lamont."

Polling for this race is an exceptionally difficult thing to do, given that an August primary of this intensity has little precedent among other things.  These numbers could be awfully optimistic so it isn’t time to let the effort down and think the battle is won.  They need volunteers really badly to come to Connecticut this weekend to work on the campaign. 

As Markos predicted last night:

But let’s not pat ourselves in the back if this Q-Poll comes out looking like a blowout, because it’s not. The only prediction anyone can make at this point is that regardless what the polls say, the candidate who doesn’t get his people to the polls will be the candidate who loses.

You can find a sign-up information for both in-state and out-of-state volunteers here — it’s time to keep the pressure on.  There are tons of FDLers heading in to Connecticut this weekend so please think about coming and lending a hand.

And did I mention everyone is having lots of fun?  S’true.

Update:  In an email from someone who analyzed the poll: 

2% of Lieberman’s supporters cite Bill Clinton’s endorsement as their main reason for supporting him.

What an exercise in futility that was.  Bubba’s reflected glory appears to be quite insignificant.

Update II:  The poll is online now

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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