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Kentucky Senate: McConnell Increases His Lead over Grimes

Rasmussen Reports, 10/15 – 10/16

Kentucky Senate

  • Mitch McConnell – Republican – 52%
  • Alison Lundergan Grimes – Democrat – 44%
  • Other – 4%
  • Undecided – 5%

Rasmussen Reports latest poll for the Kentucky Senate has revealed that Republican Mitch McConnell has slightly increased his lead over his Democrat challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. The poll asked 1,000 likely voters who they would vote for if an election were to occur today. McConnell secured 52 percent of the vote, while Grimes mustered only 44 percent.

News in recent weeks had suggested that McConnell was struggling to defeat Grimes. His supporters immediately piled in with donations. On top of this, Grimes committed several blunders when she refused to admit whether or not she voted for President Obama, she was caught lying about her support for the coal industry, and she attacked McConnell for his support on an immigration reform bill that granted amnesty to 3 million illegal aliens.

A poll by Survey USA from earlier in October showed Grimes in the lead with 46 percent of the vote to McConnell’s 44 percent. Many questioned whether the results of this poll were legitimate as the results were not consistent with any other polls conducted to date.

49 percent of the voters view McConnell as a favorable candidate, while only 46 say the same about Grimes. Both candidates have equal name recognition heading into the election.

Overall, the debate between the two candidates didn’t solve a whole lot. Grimes alienated herself through her refusal to answer basic questions and McConnell’s platform is exactly what you would expect from an older Republican senator.

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