U.S. Sen. Joseph
Lieberman's lead over anti-war challenger Ned Lamont has
narrowed to a razor-thin margin, two polls showed on Wednesday.
The 2000 vice presidential candidate lost the Democratic
primary vote in Connecticut to Lamont this month, but is
running for re-election as an independent in a contest that has
exposed deep divisions over the unpopular Iraq war.
An American Research Group poll conducted Thursday through
Monday said the race was a statistical tie, putting Lieberman's
support among 790 likely voters at 44 percent versus 42 percent
for Lamont, a political novice and wealthy cable TV executive.
Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) boards his campaign bus after voting in the democratic primary in New Haven, Connecticut, August 8, 2006. Lieberman's lead over anti-war challenger Ned Lamont has narrowed to a razor-thin margin, two polls showed on Wednesday. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
Republican Alan Schlesinger, a former state legislator, had
3 percent. The poll had a margin of error of 3.5 percentage
Another poll of 500 likely voters by Rasmussen Reports
showed Lieberman's lead over Lamont narrowing to two points, 45
percent to 43 percent, from five points in an August 12 poll.
Its margin of error was 4.5 percentage points.
The pollster said the gain was too insignificant to
indicate a trend.
Both surveys showed Lamont gaining ground on the three-term
senator since a Quinnipiac University poll last week that put
Lieberman's lead at 12 percentage points.
"The new poll does confirm that Lieberman remains very much
in the running, that the race is close, and that Schlesinger
can't win, but he may well tip the balance," Rasmussen said.
On Wednesday, Connecticut Secretary of State Susan
Bysiewicz said Lieberman had gathered enough voter signatures
to stand as an independent on the November ballot.
The race has attracted national attention for its emphasis
on the war and Democratic anger at Bush. Lamont cast the race
as a referendum on the war and urged voters to send a message
to Bush and the Democratic establishment that was slow to
embrace calls for a quick pullout of troops.
Lieberman has fought back, emphasizing his Democratic
credentials and calling himself a reliable opponent of Bush's
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