Campaign for Senate
6:05 am
Mon November 1, 2010

Lagging In Polls, McMahon Claims "Underdog" Status

Republican Linda McMahon called herself the "underdog" on Sunday, even as she disputed recent polls showing her behind Democrat Richard Blumenthal and touted a sophisticated field operation assembled by her $42 million-plus U.S. Senate campaign.

"I like being the underdog," McMahon told a crowd of several hundred well-heeled voters at a Republican rally in Darien. "We are undaunted."

With 48 hours to go before the polls open, McMahon spent all of Sunday in Fairfield County and only had one public event. She began her day at a church service in New Milford and by late afternoon was headed off for trick-or-treating with her grandchildren.

At the Darien rally, McMahon said her light Sunday schedule reflected the date--Halloween--and said she would ramp right back up later tonight; she's booked to appear on Greta VanSusteren's Fox News show Sunday night and will be back on Fox News first thing Monday morning.

McMahon interrupted a reporter's question about recent polls that show her behind Blumenthal, saying "I disagree with that" and adding that her campaign's internal surveys reflect a different race.

"It's going to be tight," she said.