The new poll shows unaffiliated voters shifting toward Farrell. In three weeks, she has erased a 16-point deficit to pull almost even with the moderate Shays in unaffiliated support, 38 percent to 39 percent.
Her gain in the poll coincides with what Monika McDermott, center research director, said is one of its most striking findings: The war in Iraq, which voters already rated the most important issue in the campaign, has become even more dominant. The war is now the top issue for 38 percent of likely voters, compared with 28 percent three weeks ago. (Lang)
Farrell may also be helped by the exit of Green Party candidate Richard Duffee, who left the race in the hopes that the few votes he would draw would go to Farrell instead.
This poll is very good news for Farrell, although given the bad news from Iraq, the Republican meltdown and the bizarre things that Rep. Shays has been saying (i.e., that what happened at Abu Ghraib was not torture, but a sex ring) over the past few weeks, it's almost surprising that she isn't doing better.
Lang, Joel. "Poll: War Evens Up Race In 4th District." Hartford Courant 24 October, 2006.