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Poll: Kentucky's Mitch McConnell Trails in Senate Re-election Bid
usnews.com ^ | 8/1/13 | Rebekah Metzler

Posted on 08/01/2013 6:32:31 AM PDT by cotton1706

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., looks to be headed into one of the toughest campaigns of his political career, as his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, leads him in his 2014 re-election race, according to a new poll.

A survey by the Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling shows Grimes with 45 percent support and McConnell with 44 percent, Kentucky's Courier-Journal reports. The poll was paid for by two groups who oppose McConnell, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America, according to the Courier-Journal.

[READ: Poll: Mitch McConnell Trounces Challengers]

Grimes, 34, is Kentucky's secretary of state who announced her bid against McConnell, the Senate minority leader, July 1. She was criticized by the political class in Washington, D.C., for a harried roll-out of her announcement, which was delayed for an hour and sported an old campaign sign. But the latest poll shows she's poised to capitalize on her 71-year-old opponent's vulnerabilities: He has served in the Senate since 1985 and has become very unpopular with Kentucky voters. The poll shows 40 percent approve of McConnell while 54 percent disapprove of him.

After tea party favorite Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., defeated McConnell's hand-picked Republican candidate, Trey Grayson, during the 2010 Senate campaign, McConnell has been working to buffer himself against a conservative primary candidate. He's also been spearheading Republican opposition to President Barack Obama and a Democratically controlled Senate, taking the blame in the media for helping create gridlock in Washington. Both factors are likely contributing to his unpopularity.

[READ: Kentucky's Alison Lundergan Grimes to Take on Mitch McConnell]

And despite the fact that McConnell has drawn a primary opponent, wealthy businessman Matt Bevin, who is already drawing support from some tea party groups, the political veteran is well-equipped to prevail in 2014. McConnell has already raised more than $13 million for his race and is known as a savvy, ruthless campaigner.

Grimes, meanwhile, will likely receive support and resources from national Democrats who have been trying to target McConnell during this election cycle. The better she does in polling, the more likely she is to receive campaign funding from outside resources.

The poll surveyed 1,210 voters by phone from July 19 and July 21 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percent.


TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: kentucky; mitchmcconnell; primarymcconnell; primarymitch; primarytherinos; randsconcerntrolls; rinosbegone
Granted this is a democrat poll. But these poll results will serve to weaken McConnell in the eyes of the Kentucky electorate and they will look to his opponent to keep the seat republican.

Let's keep weakening McConnell so he can be taken out in the primary and the republicans in the senate will get new leadership!

1 posted on 08/01/2013 6:32:31 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Meaningless poll at this point, but McConnell or no, that seat needs to remain in GOP hands. If McConnell goes down in the primary, hopefully the new nominee won’t blow up his campaign with some off-hand comment about rape.


2 posted on 08/01/2013 6:34:51 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If you don't care about Antonio Santiago, sure as hell don't whine about Trayvon Martin.)
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hopefully the new nominee won’t blow up his campaign with some off-hand comment about rape.

Amazing, isn't it?

3 posted on 08/01/2013 6:38:27 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: ScottinVA

Depends on the weighting of responders. However, McConnel has become the consumate DC insider, which apparently has weakened him at home. He is on the track to suffer the same fate as Kay Bailey Hutcheson, etc. John Cornyn was playing the insider game until Ted Cruz upset Dewhurst (again a Republican insider) in what should have been a slam-dunk for Dewhurst. Now Cornyn is following Curz’s lead, and appears safe from a primary challenger.

It’s RINO hunting season again.


4 posted on 08/01/2013 6:38:42 AM PDT by rstrahan
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To: cotton1706

A properly functioning party would be having closed-door meetings with McConnell pushing him to retire.


5 posted on 08/01/2013 6:40:12 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: cotton1706

He is a sneaky fraud, always willing to acquiesce to leftists, so it’s no wonder he is having trouble. Bob


6 posted on 08/01/2013 6:41:29 AM PDT by alstewartfan ("The atmosphere's too cold in here to attract a butterfly like that." Al Stewart)
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To: ScottinVA

Spot on.


7 posted on 08/01/2013 6:41:30 AM PDT by Obadiah (Inside of every Liberal beats the heart of a fascist yearning to reveal their true nature.)
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To: cotton1706

Refreshing news !


8 posted on 08/01/2013 6:44:16 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: cotton1706

The McConnell attack ad was both bitter and duplicitous.

Yes, his family business did not pay taxes a year, and got a bailout. But the reason was that it had been struck by lightning and burned to the ground.


9 posted on 08/01/2013 6:48:59 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Be Brave! Fear is just the opposite of Nar!)
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To: cotton1706

Maybe the threat of losing his seat will cause McConnell to temporarily find a spine to appease the voters.


10 posted on 08/01/2013 6:51:43 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (You see, truth always resides wherever brave men still have ammunition. I pick truth. (John Ransom))
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To: cotton1706
If Mitch McConnell is the solution, he's failed in every way. It's called guts and leadership, Mitch. This is something that no amount of bloviating can mask; your deficiencies are there for all to see.

Keep up the fight Matt Bevin and put this egregious RINO out to pasture for the sake of Kentucky and America.

11 posted on 08/01/2013 6:57:57 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: rstrahan
When we Texans elected Ted Cruz the silence of John Cornyn was deafening. We intend to keep sending that message in subsequent elections!!! We are now in the process of insisting he state for the record his beliefs and if they agree with our conservative principles what he intends to do about furthering them. No more conservative talk and half ass support.
12 posted on 08/01/2013 7:03:12 AM PDT by ontap (***)
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To: ontap

Good on Texas for sending Cruz to the Senate!

Now finish the job by taking down Cornyn.


13 posted on 08/01/2013 7:11:49 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: cotton1706
If the polls are to be believed, nothing could make me happier.




14 posted on 08/01/2013 7:15:46 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: cotton1706

Here’s my way too early prediction. Mitch (Harry’s bitch) will not be in the Senate next term. He either loses the primary or he loses the general election.

There are far too many conservatives in this state who, after his gutless collaborations this last term, will no longer vote for the lesser of two evils.

So we had better get Bevin into the general election. No other course of action.


15 posted on 08/01/2013 7:17:30 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: cotton1706

old dude needs to go
down with oligarchies


16 posted on 08/01/2013 7:20:38 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: cotton1706

17 posted on 08/01/2013 7:43:45 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: cotton1706

The GOP will keep this seat, but I just hope the GOP winner is a tea party man and not Mitch.


18 posted on 08/01/2013 8:01:59 AM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: rstrahan
It’s RINO hunting season again.

I love hunting Rinos

19 posted on 08/01/2013 8:03:00 AM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: cotton1706

-— they will look to his opponent to keep the seat republican. ——

We can hope.


20 posted on 08/01/2013 8:06:47 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: ScottinVA

As much as I can’t stand Mitchie we don’t need another Dem seat in the Senate. I am hoping the Tea Party guy catches fire.


21 posted on 08/01/2013 8:26:49 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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“As much as I can’t stand Mitchie we don’t need another Dem seat in the Senate. I am hoping the Tea Party guy catches fire.”

Call Mrs. Palin


22 posted on 08/01/2013 9:37:34 AM PDT by depenzz ("My tastes are simple. I'm always satisfied by the best" WC)
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