Could Democrats have a liability in the performance of their candidate in the Connecticut Senate race, state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal -- even though he is currently way ahead in the polls?
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The New York Times reports that some Dems are worried about Blumenthal's rusty campaign showing so far, as exhibited by long-winded answers and a few gaffesÂ --Â with some even calling him "Martha Coakley in pants." For example, his performance in a recent debate with his obscure Dem primary opponent was widely panned, and he has ruled out having another debate. He has not had a tough race since his first election as attorney general in 1990, and this year he could have to work for it.
For now, it doesn't seem like Blumenthal is in any real danger. The TPM Poll Average has him leading the frontrunner for the GOP nomination, former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon, by 57.0%-32.5%. Then again, Martha Coakley initially led Scott Brown in the Massachusetts special Senate election. And this is expected to be a tough year for Democrats.