Linda McMahon, a Connecticut Republican seeking a U.S. Senate seat in the Nov. 6 election, knows that President Barack Obama probably will carry her Democratic-leaning state by a comfortable margin.
So the former wrestling executive is trying to convince Obama supporters to split their tickets and vote for her over the Democratic nominee, Rep. Chris Murphy.
McMahon’s campaign began running a television ad Oct. 20 that shows four voters who tout McMahon even as they say they’ll also vote for Obama.
“Linda will work with President Obama, and I believe he’ll work with her,” a man identified as David says to the camera.
An Obama supporter identified as Andrea says she’ll vote for McMahon on the Independent ballot line. Connecticut has multiple ballot lines, and McMahon also will appear on the Connecticut ballot with the more familiar Republican label. Murphy will appear as the nominee of the Democratic and Working Families parties.
Democrats say McMahon isn’t as independent-minded as she lets on.
In the past three presidential elections, Connecticut on average has voted 57 percent Democratic and 40 percent Republican, making it the seventh-most Democratic state during that stretch. Obama won 61 percent of the Connecticut vote in 2008.