Sen. Joe Lieberman ,D-Conn., and his wife, Hadassah Lieberman, talk with barber Skip Franco, right, while campaigning in West Hartford, Conn., Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006 Businessman Ned Lamont opened a double-digit lead over Lieberman less than a week before Connecticut’s Democratic primary, raising the possibility that the three-term senator may have to run as an independent in November, a new poll released Thursday shows.
U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman said Thursday that he hopes a new poll showing his primary challenger with a double-digit lead will “shake up” his supporters and help him eke out a victory.
Lieberman also said he will run as an independent if he loses the Democratic primary on Tuesday, despite reservations being voiced by some national party leaders.
“But I intend to win the primary,” he quickly added.
Lieberman, 64, one of the Senate’s most well-known moderate Democrats and his party’s nominee for vice president in 2000, has been widely criticized for his support of the Iraq war and his perceived closeness with President Bush.
Millionaire businessman Ned Lamont, a political novice, was supported by 54 percent of likely Democratic voters in the Quinnipiac University poll, compared to Lieberman’s 41 percent. The sampling error margin was plus or minus 3 percentage points.
“The fact is I’m about a lot more than one issue and the future of the people of Connecticut is about a lot more than one issue,” Lieberman said during a campaign stop in West Hartford. “You always hope that a poll like this will shake up my supporters to come out and vote.”
Flap think the “FAT LADY” has sung for the Democrat primary and Lieberman is the LOSER. But, Joe is not done. He will run as an independent in a state where the majority of voters are not aligned wit either party.
Moreover, the Left Netroots NUTTERS are in the process of turning a victory into a defeat by posting juvenile, immature graphics on the blogosphere.
First it was Jane Hamsher:
and the Black-Face Flap.
The REAL campaign begins next Wednesday and it is all good for the GOP no matter what the results Tuesday.