Connecticut a battle ground state?
Is Connecticut the next surprise state to be considered a battle state? Personally, If I were Romney, I would waste time or resources here unless the polls tighten more. But right now, the left wing PPP polling outfit has Romney within just eight points of Obama in a state that Obama won by 22% in 2008. This poll finds Obama leading Romney just 51% to 43%. Condoleezza Rice who has been rumored to be one of Romney’s possible choices of Vice President makes the race even tighter if she’s selected. If you have a Romney/Rice ticket for president, the Connecticut poll becomes 48% Obama and 43% Romney.
Barack Obama doesn’t appear to be in any danger of actually losing Connecticut this fall, but it might be up there for the state where he falls the furthest from 2008. PPP’s newest poll finds him ahead by just 8 points there, 51-43. He won it by 23 points against John McCain.
It speaks to Condoleezza Rice’s unique appeal that even in a strongly Democratic state like Connecticut she has a 57/32 favorability rating. She’s at 73/21 with Republicans, 55/32 with independents, and 46/40 even with Democrats. If she was on the ticket she’d pull Romney to within 5 points of Obama in the state, 48-43.