HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley renewed his call for a truce with Democratic incumbent Dannel P. Malloy on Wednesday, the same day a new poll revealed the governor’s race was a dead heat.
The Quinnipiac University poll conducted early this month showed 43 percent of likely voters said they’d vote for Malloy, 43 percent said they’d vote for Foley and 9 percent said they’d back petitioning candidate Joe Visconti. Five percent were undecided.
A Quinnipiac poll released Sept. 10 gave Foley a lead of 6 percentage points over Malloy.
“We’ve seen a rise in the negatives of Tom Foley. As voters have gotten to know him better, they like him less,” said poll director Douglas Schwartz, adding that Malloy’s favorability hasn’t changed. The majority still have an unfavorable opinion of the governor.
Foley’s campaign on Wednesday launched an online petition to urge Malloy to agree to a truce against “negative and false attacks.” Both Malloy and a political action committee supporting his candidacy have been running numerous television ads criticizing Foley’s record as a businessman and employer. Foley and a PAC supporting his candidacy, meanwhile, have been running ads criticizing Malloy’s record on taxes and the economy.
The battle between Malloy and Foley got particularly personal during a debate in Storrs last week, when Malloy brought up Foley’s decades-old arrests and Foley resurrected a 2004-05 corruption investigation into Malloy.
“Tom Foley’s repeated calls for a truce ring hollow,” said Malloy campaign spokesman Mark Bergman, who accused Foley of attacking Malloy’s integrity and character.
The poll of 1,085 likely voters, conducted Oct. 1 to Oct. 6, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.