Surprise: McConnell Trails in Reelection Poll
Alison Lundergan Grimes is in front of Senate minority leader
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 1, 2013 2:44 PM CDT
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Mitch McConnell might be in for a nail-biter of a reelection campaign in Kentucky. A new poll from Public Policy Polling shows McConnell in a dead heat with Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, with Grimes ahead by a chin at 45% to 44%, with 11% undecided. That's well within the margin of error, but it's still a significant change compared to PPP's April poll, which showed McConnell up 45-41. The poll also showed that more voters disapproved of his Senate work (51%) than approved of it (40%).

The poll is the first since Grimes formally announced her candidacy, the Atlantic points out. PPP is a Democratic polling firm, but it was fairly reliable in the 2012 cycle. Then again, Republican firm Wenzel Strategies last week had McConnell up 48-40, Politico reports, so things might not be as close as they look. Grimes isn't McConnell's only problem, either; he's also facing a primary challenge from conservative Matt Bevin, though last week's poll shows McConnell trouncing Bevin 59-20.

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1freeusa
Aug 6, 2013 6:32 PM CDT
The only way things will change is when all incumbents dont get re elected. That will send the message that politicians shouldnt feel too comfortable with their money puppet masters.
clmsman
Aug 5, 2013 11:52 AM CDT
Hate like hell for a scumbag Democrats to grab his seat, but its time for him to go along with a lot of others. The answer is term limits and these losers will never vote that in for sure power corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely look at Obama the Furher!
savdavis
Aug 3, 2013 10:14 PM CDT
BOTOX MAN