Rand Paul and Trey Grayson may be in the midst of a bruising fight for the Republican nomination to succeed Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY), but they have one thing in common: If nominated, both would beat the Democrats handily. The latest Rasmussen poll shows Grayson trouncing Dan Mongiardo 53 percent to 33 percent and Jack Conway 52 percent to 32 percent. Paul beats Mongiardo 52 percent to 37 percent and Conway 50 percent to 36 percent.
There have been no public polls of the Republican primary electorate since the candidates went on the air with their dueling 9/11 commercials. But Grayson runs a little better among Republicans in these general election match-ups, while Paul does slightly better than Grayson among independents.