Mitch McConnell has 99 problems and Alison Lundergran Grimes is the biggest one. A new Republican poll has found that Grimes is leading McConnell by three points.
A new poll from GOP pollster Magellan Strategies has Republican Senate Minority Leader trailing his Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes, in the Kentucky Senate race 49%-46%.
McConnell has spent millions of dollars of advertising and has been unable to build any kind of lead on Grimes. In dozens of polls, the Kentucky Senate race has been tied for months. Grimes has run a solid campaign that has focused on McConnell’s status as the ultimate Washington insider.
Sen. McConnell has tried to label his Democratic opponent a puppet of President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Reid, but all of his attacks have fallen flat. Mitch McConnell has insisted on making his campaign about Barack Obama using the same tired thrusts against the left that voters have heard for years. Much like his just so no agenda in the Senate, Mitch McConnell has been running a campaign about nothing in Kentucky.
After Mitch McConnell blocked Elizabeth Warren’s student loan refinancing bill yesterday, Alison Lundergan Grimes went on the attack and used McConnell’s latest obstruction to argue that the Senate Minority Leader has a long record of voting against the best interests of Kentucky residents.
McConnell created an even bigger problem for himself when he made a political enemy out of Elizabeth Warren. On MSNBC, Warren announced that she is going to hold McConnell accountable for his obstruction by going to Kentucky to campaign for Alison Lundergan Grimes. Warren also asked liberals and progressives to donate to the Grimes campaign in order to get McConnell out of office.
Lundergan Grimes is gaining momentum while McConnell continues to tread water. With Sen. Warren coming to the state, Grimes should see an influx of donations and media attention. The Republican poll released today did not measure one essential piece of information. Mitch McConnell has consistently had an underwater approval rating.
McConnell is not popular in the state, and his attempts to lower Lundergan Grimes’ approval ratings aren’t working. Sen. McConnell is in big trouble. Alison Lundergan Grimes has a legitimate opportunity to send Mitch McConnell into retirement with Eric Cantor.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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