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Ned Falling

By on 8.17.06 | 10:17AM

This is what people power is all about:

BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (news, bio, voting record), a three-term Democrat now running as an independent candidate, leads the man who beat him in last week's primary vote by 12 points in a three-way race, a poll released on Thursday shows.

The latest Quinnipiac University poll, conducted between August 10-14, shows Lieberman leads Democrat Ned Lamont, a wealthy businessman with little political experience who has played on anti-war sentiment, by 53 percent to 41 percent among likely voters in November's election. The Republican candidate Alan Schlesinger drew 4 percent, the poll shows.

Granting the obvious caveat that there's still a long time until November, this poll suggests that Lamont already peaked and that he'll have a tough time drawing support outside of the Democratic Party. The Quinnipiac news release breaks the numbers down further:

In this latest survey, Lieberman leads 75 - 13 - 10 percent among likely Republican voters, and 58 - 36 - 3 percent among likely independent voters, while likely Democratic voters back Lamont 63 - 35 percent.

So even if Lieberman hangs on to a third of Democrats, he can still win handily.

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