Last week, they were in a statistical dead heat according to this same poll. This week, McConnell is one point in the safe zone, outside the margin of error. Since no one actually believes Mitch McConnell is serious about his plan to thwart Obamacare if the Republicans retake the Senate, either Kentucky Republicans are feeling a new sense of warmth and unity, or everyone’s just actually terrified they could end up with Alison Lundergan Grimes representing them in Congress.
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has opened up a five-point lead over Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes and appears well positioned to win a sixth term, according to the final Bluegrass Poll before Tuesday’s election.
McConnell leads Grimes 48 percent to 43 percent in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, with Libertarian candidate David Patterson pulling 3 percent.
Part of Grimes’s problem does seem to be that her own party isn’t interested in helping her win. Just 71% of Kentucky Democrats say they’ll support her, compared to 86% of Kentucky Republicans declaring their support for McConnell. Some Republicans who expressed their concern at McConnell’s incessant wobbliness at least recognized that he would be the most powerful elected leader in a majority Senate, and if nothing else about the man motivates them to vote, at least they won’t have a freshman Senator wandering around DC, trying to focus on “women’s issues,” a focus on which, by the way, is working against Grimes. McConnell is leading among women 47% to 43%.