Jim Geraghty reports that Linda McMahon may be planning to run for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut in 2012. Apparently, she will travel to Washington to meet with National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn, who tells Roll Call “I sort of suspect she isn’t finished.”
2010 was, in important ways, an ideal year for McMahon’s run. First, it was a wave year for Republicans. Second, her opponent, Richard Blumential, was flawed — he falsely claimed to have served in Vietnam — and not otherwise that impressive. McMahon nonethless lost by 12 points.
One might think, therefore, that McMahon’s prospects for 2012 are not bright. However, if incumbent Joe Lieberman seeks re-election, and if he once again is forced to seek it as an independent, 2012 might turn out to be a much better year for McMahon than 2010 was. For, while I can’t see her getting to 50 percent in Blue Connecticut aginst Lieberman or any other Democrat, I can imagine her getting past 40 percent in a three way race.
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