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Senator Joe Lieberman Watch: Primary Election Day

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Greenwich resident and Democratic Senate hopeful Ned Lamont enters Greenwich high school with his daughter, Lindsay, 15, as he prepares to vote in the Democratic state primary in Greenwich, Conn., Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006. Lamont, a millionaire owner of a cable television company, held a slight lead of 51 percent to 45 percent over Sen. Joe Lieberman among likely Democratic voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.

AP: Lieberman’s Senate seat in voters’ hands

With a new poll showing the race tightening between Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman and his anti-war opponent, both sides made their final pitches to voters in the nation’s most closely watched primary election.

Lieberman crisscrossed the state in a final attempt to keep his Senate seat and reassure voters who began going to the polls Tuesday morning in Connecticut’s primary election.

As polls opened at 6 a.m., Lieberman planned stops six stops around the state throughout the day.

He said that the voters who were upset with him were trying to “send me a message,” and he assured them: “I got their message.”

If defeated, Lieberman would be only the fourth incumbent senator since 1980 to lose a primary election.

Challenger Ned Lamont, a millionaire owner of a cable television company, held a slight lead of 51 percent to 45 percent over Lieberman among likely Democratic voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.

The telephone poll of 784 likely Democratic primary voters, conducted from July 31 to Aug. 6, has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

The race tightened in recent days, with Lamont’s lead cut from 13 points.

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U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman greets supporters as he arrives at East Haven Community Center in East Haven, Conn., Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006.

Flap has handicapped a Lieberman loss in the primary and a win in the general election as an independent candidate. There is no reason to change this assessment.

Lieberman’s surge is likely due to President Clinton’s in-state campaigning and a reassessment by voters of a divisive Left-wing driven Lamont campaign.

Flap just heard Senator Chris Dodd spinning this election as a referendum on George Bush.

Hardly so.

Joe Lieberman is a Liberal who happens to have a common sense approach to national security.

Joe Lieberman is NO George W. Bush.

A turn away/rejection of Lieberman’s Iraw War moderation (the same moderation held by Hillary Clinton) will make for interesting times in the Democrat Party. A turn to the left and the George McGovern wing will help the GOP in 2006 and 2008.

Stay tuned……

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Captain Ed has Will Moderates Survive In The Democratic Party?

We will see what Connecticut voters decide today, but if the race is close, we can expect a rematch in November. If Lamont does manage to win, the only possible interpretation is that the activist Left wants to cow the moderates in the Democratic party to support a pacifist policy and to end cooperation across the aisle. Anyone thinking that this is merely a referendum on George Bush is quite mistaken.

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