updated 10/16/2006 2:19:16 PM ET 2006-10-16T18:19:16

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, who lost Connecticut's Democratic primary and is running for re-election as an independent, won't say whether he supports the state's Democratic candidate for governor.

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Lieberman told The Hartford Courant on Friday that his decision on whether to vote for Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell or Democratic New Haven Mayor John DeStefano will remain private.

A recent Quinnipiac University survey showed Rell with a 33 percentage-point lead over DeStefano.

Tit for tat?
DeStefano has thrown his support behind Lieberman's Democratic opponent, Ned Lamont, in the Senate race. "Ned has brought an energy and commitment and he has earned my support," DeStefano said after Lamont won Connecticut's Democratic primary in August.

Lieberman has said he understands that his candidacy has put Democratic candidates in an awkward position, and has said he would stay out of their races.

Lieberman also declined to comment Friday on whether he thinks the nation would be better off with the Democrats in control of the House of Representatives. "I haven't thought about that enough to give an answer," Lieberman told The Courant.

Lieberman has said he would remain a member of the Senate's Democratic caucus if he wins Nov. 7. He has also said that Senate Democratic leaders have told him he would retain his 18 years of seniority.

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