The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) is running neck and neck with increasingly vulnerable Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), according to a new poll of Kentucky’s 2014 U.S. Senate election.

The survey, which was conducted by the Democratic firm Lake Research for MoveOn.org, finds Grimes and McConnell deadlocked at 37 percent among likely voters, with 19 percent undecided. In terms of strong support, Grimes edges McConnell 29 to 27 percent.

The majority leader’s personal unpopularity presents a major hurdle to re-election — 52 percent of voters view McConnell unfavorably, while just 42 percent view him favorably. His approval ratings are even worse; just 29 percent say he is doing an excellent or good job as senator, while 68 percent say he is doing fairly or poorly.

When asked whether they want to see McConnell re-elected or replaced with someone else, 43 percent say they want to replace him, while just 27 percent want McConnell to get a sixth term in the Senate.

The poll also tested McConnell’s strength against his chief opponent in the Republican primary, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin. McConnell currently leads Bevin 50 to 17 percent, although those numbers could narrow as voters become more familiar with the Tea Party-backed challenger. Presently, Lake Research finds that 72 percent have no opinion or have never heard of Bevin.

The poll mirrors other recent surveys of the race, which also found that the critical race begins as a virtual tossup. Grimes leads McConnell by less than 2 percent in The Huffington Post‘s average of polls of the race.

Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

Washington (AFP) - Republicans in the US Senate prevented action Thursday on a bill to address domestic terrorism in the wake of a racist massacre at a grocery store in upstate New York.

Democrats had been expecting defeat but were seeking to use the procedural vote to highlight Republican opposition to tougher gun control measures following a second massacre at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday.

Keep reading... Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}