Republican and Democrat are the clear front runners for their parties' endorsements to seek election to Connecticut's open U.S. Senate seat this fall, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll.
McMahon has a 29-percentage point lead on her Republican rival, , and Murphy has an even larger lead, 30 percentage points, over his Democratic rival, . McMahon was endorsed by Republicans in a party convention last month, as was Murphy by the Democrats.
The poll also shows McMahon gaining on Murphy in the general election matchup.
Both parties will have primaries in August.
The latest poll results indicate that Shays' main pitch to Republicans, that he would do better than McMahon in the general election, does not hold water, according to this political analysis in the Hartford Courant.