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CT GOP Nominates McMahon Over Simmons

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McMahon has taken credit for tipping the New York Times to the story. But, as Simmons argues, she has her own skeletons. She's been linked to a steroids scandal, allegedly tipping off a doctor to a drug investigation, and she lied on her questionnaire for the state education board, which she resigned this year.

Simmons, on the other hand, actually served in Vietnam, earning two Bronze Stars.

But Republicans chose McMahon. And, according to the polls, so have voters. McMahon is the closest to the popular Blumenthal. According to the TPM Polltracker Average, McMahon is within 10 points of Blumenthal; Simmons trails by 15.

And a Rasmussen poll released after the revelations about Blumenthal showed McMahon within just three points of the attorney general. Simmons was still trailing by 13 points.