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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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Kentucky Senate: McConnell Holds a Minor Lead over Lundergan-Grimes

Courier-Journal / SurveyUSA, 8/25 – 8/27

Kentucky Senate

  • Mitch McConnell  – Republican – 46%
  • Alison Lundergan Grimes – Democrat –  42%
  • David Patterson – Libertarian – 5%
  • Undecided – 8%

Republican Mitch McConnell holds a slight lead over Democrat Alison Lundergan-Grimes in the Kentucky Senate race. A recent poll by the Courier-Journal and Survey USA asked 569 likely voters who they would vote for. The results collected had a 4.2% margin of error and revealed that McConnell would achieve 46% of the votes if an election were held today, Lundergan-Grimes 42% of the vote, Patterson 5%, and 8% of voters were undecided.

McConnell’s voters tended to be middle aged or older, he generally secured around 47-49% of the older vote, while Lundergan-Grimes fluctuated from 38%-45%. She also scored a substantially higher number of votes from 18-34 year-olds. On racial lines, McConnell received 49% of the Caucasian vote, while Lundergan-Grimes received 72% of the black vote. For key issues, voters favored Lundergan-Grimes for women’s issues and McConnell for foreign policy, the economy, and immigration. The economy vote was very close and was separated by a 2% difference.

In terms of approval ratings, 36% of voters saw McConnell has favorable, 46% as unfavorable, 16% as neutral, and 3% had no opinion. For Lundergan-Grimes, 38% of the voters saw her as favorable, 37% as unfavorable, 21% as neutral, and 4% had no opinion. The value ofLundergan-Grime’s approval ratings represent her potential to gain ground in an election if she is able to capitalize on momentum gained from political blunders made by McConnell.

One notable advantage for Lundergan-Grimes is her ability to link McConnell to the Koch brothers and his inability to relate to the plight of the average American citizen. A campaign focused on McConnell’s overall disconnection from mainstream American society could help Lundergan-Grimes secure votes.

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