By 2010, with the elections just around the corner, the Democrats announced its new candidate hours after Chris Dodd stepped down from his senate seat. Taking his place was the Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who enjoyed a job approval rating of more than 80%. While Blumenthal proved to be more than what the Republicans expected, neither Simmons nor McMahon were discouraged as they took the ongoing anti-Democrat trend of the 2010 elections as a sure sign of their victory.

Unlike before, though, the tides were shifting in favor of Linda this time around. Even if Blumenthal lead any and all Republican contenders by twenty to thirty points, McMahon was surging through the surveys in the Republican Party. In time, she was able to overtake Simmons in terms of popularity amongst the Republicans, gaining support mostly from female voters, conservatives and residents of the Fairfield County area.

By the time of the Republican Convention, where the Republicans would finally pick the final list of candidates for certain key government positions around the country, Linda McMahon was on the offensive. Her campaign called out Blumenthal for his alleged faulty statements about his services in the Vietnam war, claiming that he fabricated everything in his stories. This attack didn’t do much to dent the Democrat representative, though, as it backfired on the Republicans. Blumenthal was able to clear himself of all the allegations thanks to an uploaded video of his speech where the Republicans claimed he lied about his military days. Later on, Ed Patru admitted to reporters that the whole thing was engineered in the McMahon campaign’s attempts to impress the Republican delegates and representatives in time for the Republican Convention.

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