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Romney Leads In Darien Fundraising, Reader Poll

DARIEN, Conn. – Mitt Romney continues to raise more money than Barack Obama from Darien donors and is polling higher among readers of The Darien Daily Voice in the race for president. But statewide polls show Obama is polling higher among Connecticut voters.

The Republican nominee has received 452 campaign donations from Darien voters, according to the Center for Responsive Politics . Those contributions total $656,305. Obama has received 158 contributions, totaling $126,010, in town.

Since The Darien Daily Voice last checked campaign contributions at the end of July, Romney has received 137 contributions totaling $194,654, a 42 percent increase. In that time, Obama has received 62 contributions totaling $47,420, a 60 percent increase.

Romney is also the favorite among readers of The Darien Daily Voice. In three recent polls of readers , Romney received 65 percent of the votes, while Obama received 30.8 percent. However, in a more recent study conducted statewide by Quinnipiac University and released Oct. 4, the president was polling ahead of his opponent. That study showed that 54 percent of likely Connecticut voters would vote for Obama and 42 percent would vote for Romney.

"President Barack Obama's lead has jumped into double digits, where it is expected to be in blue Connecticut," Douglas Schwartz, director of the Quinnipiac Poll, said in a statement.

In the U.S. Senate race, Democratic nominee Chris Murphy has collected $7,136,285 from donors across the state. His Republican opponent Linda McMahon has collected $1,036,647 in contributions. McMahon’s campaign has mostly been self-financed, and she has used $13,104,309 of her own money.

The Quinnipiac Poll shows McMahon leading Murphy by a slim margin, 48 percent to 47 percent. A poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports and released Oct. 9 shows Murphy ahead of McMahon, 51 percent to 46 percent.

“Connecticut voters like Linda McMahon more than US. Rep. Christopher Murphy. But the Democrat seems to be holding his own against the onslaught of negative advertising,” Schwartz said. Murphy is not well known statewide, and McMahon has done a good job of defining him to voters in a negative way, he said.

“While the horse race has barely changed, the images of both candidates have declined since August, as the campaign attacks have increased.”

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