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State GOP chairman pitches Conn. as swing state


The large percentage of undecided voters in Connecticut could have presidential candidates paying attention to the nutmeg state this November. 

Right now, Connecticut is in the top five for the registered voters who are unsure which candidate they will vote for on Election Day.

State Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola told the Associated Press that Connecticut could be a possible win for presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He said President Barack Obama's popularity has gone down in recent months and is almost at a dead heat with Romney, according to recent polls.

"Connecticut is more and more becoming in play," Labriola told The Associated Press Monday.

He added that Romney's campaign would be wise to spend some resources in Connecticut, which is traditionally a Democratic state.

"The unaffiliated voters that you are talking about are very upset about the economy - and the economy is owned by our president," said Sen. Mike McLachlan (R-Danbury).

In Connecticut, 40 percent of registered voters are independent while 36 percent are Democrats and 21 percent are Republicans.

Gov. Dannel Malloy will be speaking at the Democratic Convention Wednesday night and said he thinks Obama will win the election, no matter what the state of the economy is.

"We've got to stand up and say no, we're on the road to recovery - we're going to continue on that road," he said.

Democratic leaders are also quick to point that the poor economy and high unemployment occurred during the presidency of George W. Bush, who is a Republican.

All 28 delegates and 25 alternates have arrived in Tampa for the convention, as well as most of the party's 60 guests.

Copyright 2012 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.