A new poll released today shows Republican Ann Brickley, a Wethersfield business owner and engineer, within 7 points of veteran Democratic lawmaker John Larson.
It opens the staggering possibility that one of the Democratic kingpins in the U.S. House could be ousted in a district dominated by Democrats by a challenger that almost nobody knew until this summer.
Larson has crushed every previous challenger since winning the 1st District congressional seat in 1998.
The poll was commissioned by ctapitolreport.com and conducted by the Merriman River Group. It shows Larson with a 52-45 advantage.
Brickley, by the way, is a moderate Republican in the mold of former U.S. Rep. Nancy Johnson of New Britain. She is not a Tea Party favorite nor is she running any sort of wild-eyed campaign.
She portrays herself as one of those traditional New England Republicans that seemed extinct just a couple of years ago.
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