The debate, Whitnum says, will allow residents to see her realistic perspective versus what she calls Himes’ “Wall Street type.”
Whitnum, who was able to gather the 2,459 signatures required to force a primary runoff, believes her position as the “people’s candidate” will help her in the vote on Aug. 12.
However, most political observers say that the Rhodes scholar and former Goldman Sachs vice president will defeat Whitnum in August.
Then it will be a dead heat between Chris Shays and Jim Himes.
Congressional Quarterly's political site, CQ Politics, handicaps every one of the congressional races, and they have made a switch today in Connecticut's 4th District. They changed their rating from "leans Republican" to "no clear favorite." (And they aren't the only analysts who have called the race a "toss up.")
"Leans Republican" would signify a slight advantage for incumbent Rep. Chris Shays. "No clear favorite" suggests Democratic challenger Jim Himes might be sneaking up.
Both candidates have certainly put up good fund-raising numbers so far in this campaign season. Each of them has passed the $2 million mark.
But CQ has a theory about Bridgeport: Because of this year's presidential election, there will be more voter turnout in the city, which is expected to favor Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama. While those voters are at the polls, the analysts figure, they'll put their mark next to Himes, as well.
(Himes' campaign was quick to put out a press release pointing out CQ's new assessment.)
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