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POLL: U.S. Senate Race in CT Heats Up

Former Rep. Chris Shays is about to formally jump into the 2012 race for Senate.

Former Congressman Christopher Shays will formally jump into the U.S. Senate race on Jan. 25, adding his name to the growing field of prospective candidates that are looking to take the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman.

Despite his formal announcement, which is slated to take place at noon the Old State House in Hartford, Shays has already been on the campaign trail in Connecticut, making stops with various groups to hash out his more moderate approach to Republican politics.

Shays, a Republican who representated Fairfield County for over 20 years until 2008, , meeting with the Republican Town Committee in December. ().

Still, the field is notably crowded as the political season enters the first quarter of 2012. Shays is likely going to have a tough battle against former WWE CEO Linda McMahon, the state GOP’s nominee in 2010 against Democrat Richard Blumenthal.

in September last year.

On the Democratic site, has been considered in recent polls to be the front-runner for his side, however former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz is also polling high.

With that, we wanted to get your feel for this upcoming Senate race in 2012. Which candidate would you support in the general election?

Citizen X January 24, 2012 at 06:13 AM
As a state that depends pretty heavily on industries historically aided by conservative/Republican gov't to generate jobs & revenue (i.e. defense, insurance, investment banking/private equity, gambling, manufacturing (until it all moved south)), it has always baffled me that Connecticut continues to vote in Democrats.
Wbyguy January 25, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Socrates truly living up to my favorite quote of his namesake: "I know one thing, that I know nothing" And in response to citizen x: Because we are a highly educated state.
socrates January 29, 2012 at 01:03 PM
And this "highly educated" state is in the toilet because of it.
ed April 23, 2012 at 12:36 AM
totally agree - democrat destroyed CT. It started with the "independent democrat" Weicker...
Citizen X April 23, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Pabalive I missed your post, but thanks for responding. I'm not following your logic whereby Connecticut's citizens are highly educated & that they vote in leadership who guts the state's industries, & then these same highly educated citizens of Connecticut complain about high taxes/high costs (I don't understand it because they're linked, one causes the other, so my assumption is that the highly educated would understand the causality). Or are you one of the highly educated that doesn't need to work so you don't care about high taxes/no industry, or are you so enlightened that you enjoy paying taxes & giving your money away to pay for services that you clearly don't need (since you're so highly educated & affluent). Of course it is also possible that you are middle class & believe that high taxes are just the price you pay for being American, which is what Tim Geithner would like us all to believe. Of course he makes about $200,000/year, is worth about $2,000,000, & has a hard time paying his taxes because of a glitch in TurboTax, but he's probably just another one of those people from a highly educated state.

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