Linda McMahon Within 8 - Race to Watch on Tuesday

Linda McMahon is closing the gap as she promises two terms, max, if elected to the U.S. Senate from Connecticut, and she says she won't take any pay or benefits.

A new poll conducted by the Merriman River Group for CT Capitol Report finds that the U.S. Senate race is closer than other recent surveys have suggested.

The poll, released this afternoon, found that 52 percent of voters favor Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal while 44 percent back Republican Linda McMahon.

Though the margin is far closer than a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday that put Blumenthal's lead at 12 percentage points, McMahon continues to face a considerable uphill battle, Matthew Fitch, executive director of the poll, said. "It appears that McMahon has reached her maximum level of support, and her only chance of winning would seem to be a total collapse in Democratic turnout, particularly among women where she fares the worst.''

The Connecticut race will be a good one to watch to measure the size of the wave on Tuesday. It will take very low turnout for McMahon to pull an upset, it seems, with energized men replacing sensitive women at the polls.

The Quinnipiac University Poll has found a persistent gender gap, with women strongly favoring Democrat Richard Blumenthal over Republican Linda McMahon in the U.S. Senate race, despite the fact that she'd be the first female senator in state history.

Nationally, women are now on the side of the GOP by 4 points, a major turn of events.