2014 Senate Polls Update: Kentucky, Louisiana, Georgia, Illinois
- McConnell (R): 46
- Grimes (D): 41
- Cassidy (R): 44
- Landrieu (D): 41
- Nunn (D): 45
- Perdue (R): 43
- Durbin (D): 48
- Oberweis (R): 41
A handful of new polls have a bit of good news and a bit of bad news for both parties as the 2014 midterm elections are just two months away.
In Kentucky, we are seeing a clear picture as incumbent Republican Senator and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had now led Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes by 4-5 percent in five straight polls. Since July, McConnell has led Grimes by 4-5 points in a CBS News/New York Times poll, a CNN poll, a Rasmussen poll, a Courier Journal/Survey USA poll, and a PPP poll.
In Louisiana, where a June PPP poll showed the race between incumbent Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu and Republican challenger Bill Cassidy all tied up and a July CBS News/NY Times poll had Cassidy leading by 1 percent, a new Rasmussen poll shows Cassidy inching ahead and taking a 44-41 lead among likely voters.
In Georgia, where Republican David Perdue had led three straight polls following his primary win over Jack Kingston, Democrat Michelle Nunn has now led two straight polls by a margin of 2-7 points. A WSB-TV/Landmark poll sampling 600 likely voters with a margin of error of 4 percent had Nunn up 47-40 but a WRBL/Ledger-Enquirer poll, sampling 1,578 likely voters with a 2.5 percent margin of error has Nunn leading by 2.
Illinois may be a lot closer than we first thought. After the first couple of polls had incumbent Democratic Senator Dick Durbin leading by 14-15 points, a new Chicago Sun-Times/WeAskAmerica poll has Durbin leading Republican challenger Jim Oberweis by just 7 points.