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CT Candidates Beat the Streets Ahead of Tuesday's Primaries

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Some 44 primaries will be held across the state of Connecticut on Tuesday. Christopher Keating, the Capitol Bureau Chief for The Hartford Courant, gives WNYC's Isaac-Davy Aronson a preview of where things stand ahead of Tuesday's primaries.

In one of the primary races, three Republicans are squaring off to run against longtime Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal for his U.S. Senate seat. Keating says that candidate Linda McMahon's seemingly endless advertising budget seems to be having a positive effect.

"Back in January, McMahon was down by 41 points to Blumenthal," Keating says. "So she's spent, I would say, over $20 million on her way to spending $50 million. And she's certainly closed the gap."

The latest polls have McMahon down 10 points to Blumenthal. McMahon's contenders are former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons and economist Peter Schiff.

In the Connecticut gubernatorial race, Jodi Rell, the state's current governor, will not seek reelection. On the Democratic side, millionaire Ned Lamont faces off against former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy

"Lamont is ahead by three points, but the margin of error on the poll is 4.5 points," says Keating. "So it's basically a dead heat. It's too close to call."

In the GOP primary for governor, Thomas Foley, who served as an ambassador under George W. Bush, is up against and Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele.

Polls are open on Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.