Patch's Poll: Should Shays Drop Out of the U.S. Senate Race?

Linda McMahon is calling on him to leave so that the Republican Party can be 'unified.'

After for a second campaign for U.S. Senate, former CEO of WWE and Greenwich resident is now urging GOP rival and former to drop out of the race.

"I would really hope that Congressman Shays would ... understand how more effective it would be if we were a unified party moving forward now to take on Congressman Murphy," McMahon said on WFSB-TV's "Face the State" on Sunday.

McMahon garnered 730 votes, or 60.4 percent of delegates, during the state Republican Convention in Hartford Friday night, while Shays netted 389 votes, or 32.2 percent — enough to force a primary.

In a separate segment on "Face the State," Shays said getting to the primary was "the second stage" in his bid for retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman's seat. He said he had many supporters who went to great lengths to get him to the primary.

Either McMahon or Shays will likely face Democratic nominee and current U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy in the November election. Murphy won convincingly at the Democratic State Convention on May 12, garnering 1,378 out of 1,842 delegates to secure the Democrats' nomination. However Murphy also faces a primary with former CT Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz.

Spiff May 21, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Unfortunately, Linda McMahon will not win in a general election. She got crushed by Blumenthal last time. According to a recent Quinnipiac University poll of voters, Christopher Shays is the only one with a chance of beating Chris Murphy in November, and we HAVE to beat Chris Murphy. My vote will be for Christopher Shays in the primary.
Ron Rae May 21, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Ditto. McMahon will simply not get it done in beating Murphy.
A Tolland Resident May 21, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I really don't like McMahon but, I'll vote for anyone running against Chris Murphy.
Friendly Neighborhood Spiderman May 22, 2012 at 02:18 AM
But Chris Shays has a real chance to beat Murphy. McMahon doesn't. Tolland, vote Shays in the primary and you'll get your chance to see Murphy lose.
Andrew Ziemba May 22, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Either way we lose. Republicans will slowly drive the bus off the cliff. Democrats will accelerate the bus off the cliff. Only a candidate like Peter Schiff would have been able to put the breaks on. Therefore, since we are soon to worsen the greatest depression, I'd rather hit rock bottom sooner by electing a democrat than suffer longer before rock bottom by electing a republican. So either way, whoever wins, just hurry up already and drive the bus off the cliff. Perhaps I will sign up. I plan to vote Obama for this same reason. The sooner it all crashes down the sooner we can rebuild.
Elliott May 22, 2012 at 04:16 PM
More to the point, Ms McMahon should drop out of the race.Congressman Shays is the only viable candidate in the Senate race.Ms.McMahon will not be able to "buy"the voters of Connecticut as she did at her convention.She lost handily in 2010 she will lose again....but this time in the primary....she will thankfully not make it to the general.
Andrew Ziemba May 22, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Shays is a horrible candidate. He is at best a liberal leaning moderate...hardly a conservative and hardly someone to celebrate. Blumenthal, a hardcore, extremely popular liberal connecticut career politician only beat Mcmahon by 53-46. This was A LOT closer than I expected for CT. Chris Murphy is such a putz and is nowhere near as revered as Blumenthal is/was. I seriously do think McMahon can win but If she does it will be very close. It will probably be closer to 51-49. After what Malloy has done, many independents must be really turned off to democrats. Many moderates and democrats have got to be pissed off at the democrats in CT just as they are with Obama. After what has been going on lately, the entire Republican party EVERYWHERE in the US has really gotten out of their seats. I think the shift is starting to happen where a Republican will win soon and things will start to change in CT. Ultimately, it may just come down to massive voter fraud. I think McMahon will definitely win if worst comes to worst just for this reason alone. It's the same reason Mitt Romney will eventually win the republican nomination even though Ron Paul is winning. The GOP has disenfranchised sooooo many potential Ron Paul delegates - most recently at the Arizona state convention. The mega rich usually get their way. I predict McMahon (for better or worse) will win. Anyhow, I really wish people would stop bashing her because of her business. It is totally absurd and uncalled for.
Friendly Neighborhood Spiderman May 22, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Andrew, Actually, McMahon's loss in 2010 was by a margin of 11.8% (55.1% to 43.3%). That's after she outspent her opponent more than five to one ($50 million to $9m), and after it had become a known fact that Blumenthal had lied about serving in Vietnam. If your opponent in an election lied about his military service and you outspend him by $41 million dollars - in a cycle that favors your party - and you still lose by double digit margins, your political career is dead in the water. On the other hand, if you've won 18 of 19 elections you've participated in (10 of them for the U.S. House of Representatives) and a recent poll has you in a dead heat with both frontrunners from the opposing party, you're in a great spot. That's Christopher Shays. Let's review: McMahon is oh for one on $50 million in spending in a cycle that favored Republicans. Shays is 18 for 19 on a total of $15 million in cycles that usually did not favor Republicans. Andrew: who, again, did you call a 'horrible' candidate? Just to cite my sources: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2010/senate/ct/connecticut_senate_mcmahon_vs_blumenthal-1145.html http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?cycle=2010&id=CTS2 http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=Career&type=I&cid=N00000652&newMem=N
Spiff May 22, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Good research, Spiderman, well said! Now, let's go out there and vote for Shays and make sure Chris Murphy loses.
Andrew Ziemba May 22, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Here's my point. Shays is more electable but will do no good for true conservatives. He will serve the RINO crowd well. Mcmahon is less electable for sure, but I think would do more good. They are both horrible candidates though... but far superior to Murphy who is an absolute disaster of a candidate. Just to be clear, I am NOT defending Mcmahon nor am I a supporter of hers by any means. I just see more possible upside if she is elected. You don't really know what you are going to get with her until shes in office. You know exactly what you will get with Shays and Murphy. I would rather lose by supporting a better candidate than win "just to have a republican" Just look at how that turned out with the Scott Brown loser. Oh yay we got a republican, oh wait he's a democrat running as a republican.
Long time resident May 23, 2012 at 12:53 AM
One of the challenges Republicans/conservatives have in this blue state is that we are too use to not being in office. We pick apart every GOP candidate just because they don't walk on water. We see our opportunities of being in control so rare we are constantly holding out for perfection. Instead of getting behind someone who is good, just not perfect, we focus on their weaknesses rather than the strengths. Personally, I think Shays has had his turn and, yes, he is a Rino. I have never heard an intelligent argument against McMahon, just an attitude that she isn't the "dream" candidate. Chris Murphy is no dream either, and many Democrats know this but will still get behind him because he is the best they have at the moment. Republicans should take a page from their playbook. McMahon has worked for our support and deserves the opportunity to represent us this time. GOPers must stop feeding into the liberal leanings of our state and stop making excuses for supporting GOP candidates.
Committee to Elect May 23, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Committee to Elect May 23, 2012 at 03:54 AM
The Barefoot Accountant May 27, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I thought that elections could not be bought and that the voters decided who should be in office? And there should be primaries: why should others but the voters decide who should run.
Bob Quasius May 28, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Both McMahon and Shays should drop out, and the GOP should unite behind the only electable candidate, Brian K. Hill.


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