Borrowing a phrase from the wonderful "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" five-book trilogy, I advise state Democrats to refrain from panicking despite the dire news from the latest Q-Poll, which shows Linda McMahon statistically tied with our Attorney General.
That's not to say there aren't things that Dick Blumenthal's campaign needs to do to differently ensure victory in November, but panicking isn't one of them.
This is somewhat reminiscent of the Malloy-Lamont race, where Dan Malloy gradually erased a seemingly overwhelming deficit in the polls to tie Lamont immediately before primary day.
But the big difference here is that this isn't the day before the election. Blumenthal still has five weeks to make his case to the voters. And during that five weeks he needs to also make the case that Linda McMahon would make a terrible senator.
In a way, this is a gift to Dick Blumenthal. His campaign hasn't exactly set the world on fire so far. Much like his record as Attorney General, Blumenthal has been low-key but dependable. But now with this latest poll, he needs to realize it's time to shift into high gear and take off the gloves.
If this was a day before the election, this would have been disastrous. The undecided voters would have invariably flocked to McMahon because, let's face it, most people want to vote for the likely winner. However, this far out from November 3rd, there's still plenty that Dick Blumenthal can do to regain his lead and ensure a victory.
Let's hope he gets the message.