Campaigning by absentee: Can Rob Simmons get the GOP nod now that he’s not campaigning? 

Former Rep. Rob Simmons, R-Conn., recently suspended his campaign for the GOP nomination. Since then, he has gained six points in the polls, and his chief opponent, Linda McMahon, has lost four.

On Thursday, Simmons was treated to a Quinnipiac University poll that showed him moving from 23 percent to 29 percent in a Republican primary with Linda McMahon. She was favored by 45 percent, down from 49–a net gain of 10 percentage points for Simmons.

Coulter, the lawyer and conservative commentator who grew up in New Canaan, posted a column on the Human Events web site, arguing that only Simmons can beat the Democratic nominee, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

It’s worth noting that Simmons, a moderate who is still far to the Right of say, former Rep. Chris Shays,  won in 2000 and then held for three terms the most Democratic district by registration in the state.

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