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Mitch McConnell Embroiled in Tight Senate Race in Kentucky
USNews.com ^ | Dec 17, 2013 | Rebekah Metzler

Posted on 12/17/2013 10:23:44 AM PST by BAW

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election bid remains one of the closest in the country, as he leads his presumed Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, by just a single percentage point, according to a new poll.

The Republican Kentuckian has just a 31 percent job approval rating, marking him one of the most unpopular senators in the country, according to Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling, in a survey first reported by Politico and released Tuesday.

McConnell leads Grimes 43 percent to 42 percent, with 15 percent of Kentucky voters undecided. A similar poll in October had Grimes ahead by 2 percentage points. Grimes' favorability matches McConnell's at 31 percent, but about one-third of voters are unsure of whether they approve of her, giving her potential room to grow. But most people have already formed their opinion of McConnell, with 61 percent disapproving and just 8 percent unsure.

McConnell's underfunded Republican primary opponent, Matt Bevin, would do similarly well against Grimes, according to the poll. That suggests McConnell is receiving base-level support – that is to say, people who would never vote for Grimes – but little more. Despite the fact that 64 percent of those surveyed had not formed an opinion of Bevin, he matches McConnell's general election support.

The poll did not ask Republicans who they preferred in the primary contest between the two men, but previous surveys have shown McConnell winning handily.

The poll surveyed 1,509 Kentucky voters between Dec. 12-15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percent.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: bevin; ky; mcconnell
The time is ripe to get rid of this traitor.

His conservative primary challenger, Matt Bevin, needs some financial love. https://mattbevin.com/

1 posted on 12/17/2013 10:23:44 AM PST by BAW
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To: BAW
So, Goiter Neck McConnell sells out the country for $4 Billion plus for Kaintuck and he's 1 point over Bevin?

He's hemorrhaging votes if that is correct.

Couldn't happen to a more deserving RINO traitor.

2 posted on 12/17/2013 10:27:05 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: BAW

more money on the way. mcconell needs to go.


3 posted on 12/17/2013 10:29:35 AM PST by dadfly
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To: BAW
Ditch Mitch, in the General if necessary.

It'd make a good example for the others.

4 posted on 12/17/2013 10:32:06 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: BAW
We need Matt Bevin.

Mitch showed us that he hate Conservatives. Time to put him out to pasture and let him dream his fantasies about punching TEA Partiers in the nose

5 posted on 12/17/2013 10:35:10 AM PST by PATRIOT1876
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To: dadfly

I’m not quite at the point of preferring that McConnell’s Democrat rival win, but I sure hope this useless hack gets primaried.

As far as Bohner goes I would cheerfully vote for his Democrat opponent if that’s what it took to get rid of him.


6 posted on 12/17/2013 10:35:41 AM PST by Junk Silver
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To: BAW

7 posted on 12/17/2013 10:42:03 AM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Junk Silver

your position is rational.

a weak dem is vastly to be preferred over the power mad, GOPe puppet boehner (assuming the speakership can be kept away from pelosi, which is very likely even if boehner and cantor go).


8 posted on 12/17/2013 10:44:06 AM PST by dadfly
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To: Paladin2

This far out, and in running against a member of the party that gave us Obamacare, he is only holding on by the merest of margins?

Time to be testing the probable outcome of the general election by pairing up the appeal of Matt Bevin against the hack Democrat, Alison Lundergan Grimes.

We have had way too much of the “Stockholm Syndrome” exhibited by the Republican leadership held hostage by the Democrats.


9 posted on 12/17/2013 10:46:03 AM PST by alloysteel (Those who deny natural climate change are forever doomed to stupidity. AGW is a LIE.)
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To: BAW

Unseating Mitch would send shock waves through the GOPe.

The GOP wants our votes and our money, but not our principles.


10 posted on 12/17/2013 10:46:20 AM PST by Starboard
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To: alloysteel
"We have had way too much of the “Stockholm Syndrome” exhibited by the Republican leadership held hostage by the Democrats."

Nice of you to look at their bright side.

I tend to see most of them as hacks running to the right at re-election time. (Juan and that hackers' hack Hatch come immediately to mind.)

11 posted on 12/17/2013 10:48:56 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: BAW

Here’s hoping we can unseat McCommie.


12 posted on 12/17/2013 10:54:35 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Fight on!!)
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To: JPG

Perfect.


13 posted on 12/17/2013 10:58:35 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: JPG
I think, that the wrong turtle, that's a Western Box turtle
he's definitely an Eastern Box.

14 posted on 12/17/2013 11:06:02 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi :-)
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To: Gaffer

Couldn’t happen to a more deserving RINO traitor.


yes it could.

Bonehead. (the speaker, not calling you names ;) ) but hopefully it’ll happen to BOTH of them :)


15 posted on 12/17/2013 11:12:10 AM PST by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: Starboard

but not our principles.


They will temporary adopt them till November.


16 posted on 12/17/2013 11:14:04 AM PST by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: cableguymn

Well, I’ll give you that! But I was more thinking about Senators....my bad.


17 posted on 12/17/2013 11:16:59 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: BAW; All
McConnell leads Grimes 43 percent to 42 percent, with 15 percent of Kentucky voters undecided............ most people have already formed their opinion of McConnell, with 61 percent disapproving and just 8 percent unsure.

15 percent of the voters undecided on a long-time, entrenched, powerful incumbent? Not good. He will NOT get at least 10% of that 15%; guaranteed. A 61% disapproval rating? Horrible for an incumbent. We're talking 1980 Jimmy Carter numbers here. His a** just might be gone when the new Senate Convenes in January 2015.
18 posted on 12/17/2013 11:26:54 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: JPG

19 posted on 12/17/2013 11:44:19 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: alloysteel

“We have had way too much of the “Stockholm Syndrome”

And a prime example of this is Paul Ryan’s shameful budget deal with Patty Murray. When Patty Murray can outsmart you, you have no business being in Congress.


20 posted on 12/17/2013 11:46:40 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Paladin2

Yeah dumping Lugar for ObamaJoe apparently wasn’t a strong enough signal, LOL


21 posted on 12/17/2013 11:48:19 AM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
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To: nascarnation
"...apparently wasn’t a strong enough signal, LOL"

Apparently NOT.

22 posted on 12/17/2013 11:59:40 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Din Maker

its a dem poll...so wait and see if its backed up...unless you have reasons for believing it


23 posted on 12/17/2013 12:37:31 PM PST by trustnooneever
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To: BAW

The poll did not ask Republicans who they preferred in the primary contest between
the two men, but previous surveys have shown McConnell winning handily.


http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2013/PPP_Release_KY_1217.pdf

The poll did ask this question:

Q3 If the Republican candidates for Senate in
2014 were Mitch McConnell and Matt Bevin,
who would you vote for?

Mitch McConnell ........................................... 53%
Matt Bevin....................................................... 26%
Not sure .......................................................... 21%


24 posted on 12/17/2013 12:56:24 PM PST by deport
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To: Junk Silver
I’m not quite at the point of preferring that McConnell’s Democrat rival win, but I sure hope this useless hack gets primaried.

I am. I remember when Jerry Brown was running for gov of California and a resident there was telling me he was going to vote for Brown because "Schwarzenegger really f----d up this state". See, RINOs get elected claiming to be conservative, then they govern as big liberals and people come to the conclusion that conservatism is the problem. If McConnell is going to continue to support democrat positions on everything, let a real democrat do it instead and let them at least take the blame.

I'm done voting for and supporting RINOs. Period.

25 posted on 12/17/2013 1:46:32 PM PST by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: cableguymn

The RepubliCONS.


26 posted on 12/17/2013 1:51:50 PM PST by Starboard
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To: Din Maker

His ass will be. It’s up to the primary voters as to if it’s a pub or rat that replaces him.


27 posted on 12/17/2013 3:00:29 PM PST by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: Din Maker
A 61% disapproval rating? Horrible for an incumbent. We're talking 1980 Jimmy Carter numbers here. His a** just might be gone when the new Senate Convenes in January 2015.

If you aren't above 50% conventional wisdom is your in trouble and he is 61% negative, which means 39% approve ( with some unsure etc ).

That ain't good, me thinks he is toast, politically....

28 posted on 12/17/2013 3:04:29 PM PST by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: cableguymn; BAW; dadfly; PATRIOT1876; Junk Silver; Fiji Hill; Din Maker

I appreciate everyone’s efforts and goodwill towards getting Senator Mitch McConJob out of office. To answer some questions/concerns I have read on this thread: thus far, McConnell has two primary opponents (one good, Matt Bevin, and one perennial, Gurley Martin). There are also two Democrats running (the front runner, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan-Grimes, and a lesser known, professor Greg Leichty). And there is an independent candidate (Ed Marksberry) and a Libertarian (David Patterson) running.


29 posted on 12/18/2013 11:52:46 AM PST by RonPaulLives (I won't be a neo-pawn in the game.)
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