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Governor's Race Moving Toward Photo Finish; Campaign Mailer Rebuked As Anti-Semitic

Oct 31, 2018

The final debate in this year's race for governor is in the rearview mirror. What did we learn Tuesday night, and what should Ned Lamont and Bob Stefanowski be most worried about before polls open just six days from now? Should it be:

  • Reaching out to those favoring Oz Griebel? A Quinnipiac Poll released Oct. 30 found 7 percent of likely voters support their unaffiliated rival. Of that group, more than half said they might jump ship at the last moment. In a close race, Griebel breakaways could put Stefanowski or Lamont on top.
  • The urban vote? Of the likely non-white voters surveyed by Quinnipiac, 63 percent favored Lamont, while 28 percent backed Stefanowski. Does that square with their campaigns' voting models?
  • Election Day turnout? From last weekend's mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue to the caravan of migrants making their way to the U.S., there are lots of factors that could influence who casts a ballot on Nov. 6.

This week, we analyze the variables remaining in the race.

We also address the controversy over a mailer sent out by Republican state Senate candidate Ed Charamut's campaign. It depicts Charamut's opponent, Democrat Matthew Lesser, clutching a handful of $100 bills. Lesser is Jewish, and the mailer is being widely condemned as anti-Semitic.

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