State Sen. Sam Caligiuri has to be encouraged by yesterday’s poll, which showed him trailing Sen. Chris Dodd 47%-34%. Caligiuri is not well-known outside of the greater Waterbury area, but the poll showed him holding the longtime incumbent U.S. Senator under 50%.
In fact, he says he’s leaning in favor of running, and should make up his mind over the next couple of weeks.
Caligiuri would be an interesting choice. He doesn’t have the name recognition of Rob Simmons, but he doesn’t have the kind of baggage on Iraq and other national issues that Simmons does either.
As for his poll numbers, 34% isn’t great–that seems to be just about where any generic Republican would score, and 34% is about the percentage of the vote most Republican U.S. Senate candidates over the past two decades have ended up with. That’s the generic Republican floor. However, Dodd was unable to break 50% against Simmons, Kudlow or Caligiuri, suggesting that there are a lot of people out there who are willing to consider someone else.