A new poll shows Sen. Joe Lieberman trailing badly in a hypothetical re-election campaign.

By Alex Koppelman

Published February 10, 2009 9:35PM (EST)

Last week, I wrote that Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman might have a tough re-election fight in 2012 if his state's attorney general, Richard Blumenthal, decided to run for the seat as well. Turns out his task will be even more difficult than I had realized: A Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday shows Blumenthal winning in a landslide.

58 percent of respondents indicated they'd vote for Blumenthal over Lieberman in a still-hypothetical match-up between the two men. Just 30 percent declared their support for the incumbent.

Of course, this race wouldn't actually happen until 2012, so there's plenty of time for Lieberman to make a comeback.A decline in Democrats' popularity generally, for example, would likely give him a boost.

There's another element of the poll worth noting: Connecticut's other senator, Chris Dodd, could be in trouble too. He's up for re-election in 2010, and the state's resident's don't sound like they're terribly enthusiastic about the idea. "42 percent of voters say they 'definitely' or 'probably' will vote to reelect Sen. Dodd in 2010, while 51 percent say they 'probably won’t' or 'definitely won’t' vote for him," Quinnipiac's release says.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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