A new Qunnipiac University poll has been released showing Joe Lieberman leading Democrat Ned Lamont in the race for the Connecticut Senate. Lieberman, who decided to run as an independed after being rejected by Democratic primary voters has become the defacto Republican nominee, as Alan Schlesinger currently polls at only 4% Statewide, and Lieberman has an astounding 75% support amongst Republicans. Not only that, but as David Sirota points out, Lieberman has attacked other candidates necessary for the Democrats to gain control of the Senate, has been supported by President Bush and RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman, and has the glowing endorsements of Sean Hannity, Anne Coulter, and Michelle Malkin.
Furthermore, Lieberman has hired a Republican pollster and will share information with Republicans running for reelection as Governor as well as in the House of Representatives. Three House races in Connecticut could prove key to the Democrats winning back the House of Representatives, yet Lieberman will be sharing polling data with them as well as running his get out the vote operation with them. There can be little doubt now that Lieberman is for all practical purposes the GOP candidate, he is harming Democrats downticked and in other States, getting his base of support from Republicans, and doing as much as he can to prevent the Democrats from taking back one or both houses of Congress.