Republican poll puts Hinckley within 8 points of Whitehouse

Is Rhode Island’s quiet U.S. Senate race getting tighter? One Republican pollster thinks so.

A survey conducted Oct. 11 by GOP polling firm McLaughlin & Associates [pdf] shows Democratic incumbent Sheldon Whitehouse at 49% and Republican Barry Hinckley at 41%, with 10% of voters undecided. The telephone interview poll of 300 likely voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.6 points.

The 8-point gap between Whitehouse and Hinckley in the McLaughlin poll is much closer than in recent polls from WPRI 12, which had Hinckley down 26 points, and Brown University, which showed the Republican trailing by 29 points. Hinckley was 16 points behind Whitehouse in a July 18 McLaughlin poll.

The McLaughlin poll was released by People’s Majority, a super PAC created after the Citizens United decision by Ken McKay, the former Rhode Island Republican Party chairman and Republican National Committee chief of staff. The reemergence of People’s Majority on Oct. 9 was first noted by

Whitehouse and Hinckley will debate live for the first time Tuesday at 7 p.m. on WPRI 12. McLaughlin & Associates did not release the full poll results but rather just a one-page summary. The firm was Republican Catherine Taylor’s pollster during her strong bid for secretary of state in 2010.

  • Marlboro Man

    Go back to this poll after the election.

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  • Jake

    So Hinckley polls at about his name recognition? I’ll stick with the WPRI poll to predict the margin of victory!

  • Tom Gilbane

    Wow! Closed a gap in short time! Should be a good debate on Tuesday! Congrats Team Hinckley!

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  • Marlboro Man

    Hey Hinckley on your way to the debate, will you take your signs off the public highways.

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  • jc

    Poor Rebublicans really goat my curiosity.. Republicans are servants of the coorperations.. talk about special interest.. most are ceo’s or former ceo’s o coorperations. or they have stock.. what a bunch of crap. they serve the dollar, their own interest, not the people… military is used like coorperate security.. im all for capitalism, but it should not rule… “WE THE PEOPLE” not we the coorperations… they only serve the bottem line.. they only serve money.. there are way more have nots than haves.. and thats the way they like it.. if it were up to republicans, there would be no more unions, no more social security, no more medicare.. if it were up to republicans, life would be like it was when children worked in factories 10 hours a day, and there were but rich and poor.. thats why they seek third world countries to give them what they used to have, and seek for america.. poor republicans are fools, being sold just what i speak of… you can preach about spending, but the war in iraq speaks volumes… how much is spent on useless wars and war material.. like clinton exposed, hundred dollar hammers.. not to mention the amount of money spent on campains alone.. billions.. could feed or house so many americans.. i could reduce the budget by reducing coorperate military growth in such a way that we would be in budget in a couple years.. but most republicans have stock in military cooperations, and war is profital to them.. or homeland security.. republicans might have caused this to begin with.. look at the premise that brought us to iraq.. its also notible, that kennedy died in texas, leaving a texas vice president. texas is a huge republican stronghold, bush’s, perot, big money, big oil, big ceo’s.. big money will reduce americans to a third world country in a few years.. no medicare, no ssn, no unions.. this is the republican plan.. rich haves ( the few) and slave have nots (the majority).. most dont see it…. life sucks sometimes..

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