Last month, I posted briefly about the prospect of a Chris Dodd-Rob Simmons matchup, noting that Simmons, someone for whom I have a great deal of personal respect, appeared interested in taking on Dodd, who has been plagued by controversy regarding, er, housing issues for many months now.
Today, we learn via the AP that were Simmons to take on Dodd, he'd start out just about evenly matched (in fact, slightly ahead) against the incumbent:
A new Quinnipiac University Poll shows U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd facing a tough re-election bid in 2010 if his challenger is former Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Simmmons of Stonington.
If the election were held today, Dodd would garner 42 percent of those surveyed while Simmons would win 43 percent.
Note: Quinnipiac's survey was of 1,238 registered voters, with a 2.8 percentage-point MOE.
This is pretty good news considering that a) it's Connecticut and b) Dodd has been in the Senate for close to 30 years now. The way that Dodd has handled himself over recent months makes clear that it's beyond time for him to go. Perhaps Simmons can help get him packing. [intro]