Mitch McConnell’s Big Spending Isn’t Working As He Is Tied With Alison Lundergan Grimes


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Mitch McConnell has already spent $30 million to try to keep his Senate seat, but a new Bluegrass Poll found that he remained tied with Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The Bluegrass poll revealed that McConnell has a two point lead over Grimes 47%-45%, but that is well within the poll’s 4.1% margin of error. This means that the race remains tied. McConnell led with men 49%-43%, and Grimes led with women 47%-46%. McConnell had a five point advantage with younger voters 49%-44%. Grimes led with voters age 35-49 (44%-42%) and age 50-64 (50%-45%). As expected, Sen. McConnell led with voters age 65+ (54%-40). McConnell led with white voters 48%-44%, and Grimes led with African-American voters 64%-27%. Among voters who have made up their minds, McConnell led 51%-48%, and with those who might still change their minds McConnell had a 42%-37% advantage. Grimes had big leads with Democrats (74%-20%) and Independents (50%-33%), but McConnell gets almost all the Republican support 82%-13%.


The Grimes campaign expressed happiness with the poll results, “Our grassroots campaign remains in a strong position as yet another poll shows us tied or within the margin of error. Mitch McConnell and his Washington cronies have spent $30 million on a tie, and we remain well-positioned to use our multi-million dollar war chest to hold McConnell accountable for his 30-year Washington record through Election Day.”

The poll contains plenty of encouraging signs for Lundergan Grimes, but it also shows the built in difficulty of running against a 30 year Republican incumbent in a red state. McConnell has a lot of built in advantages, and his spending of tens of millions of dollars already is the likely reason why he is as close as he is. McConnell is going to keep spending from now until Election Day, so it is essential from Grimes to expand her campaign as much as possible to keep her supporters energized.

A potential problem for Grimes is that McConnell gets more Democratic support (20%) than she gets Republican support (13%), but those numbers may shift as the general election campaign heats up. Democrats are still in an excellent position to send Mitch McConnell into retirement, but with less than 100 days until Election Day, Alison Lundergan Grimes has a great chance to pick up a Senate seat for Democrats.

17 Replies to “Mitch McConnell’s Big Spending Isn’t Working As He Is Tied With Alison Lundergan Grimes”

  1. I am still amazed at the number of people that vote against their own best interests. You would think that the younger people would be more in touch with reality since they have the latest technology available to them.

  2. I know people with Masters Degrees and PhDs who are still staunch Republicans, there is no accounting for education or access to information. I have no clue what it is that attracts otherwise intelligent people to the GOP, it just doesn’t make sense.

  3. Because those people you describe with Masters and PHds are ahead of the middle class and generally vote republican for their own corporate and tax purposes. Theres just no excuse for the middle class and poor who vote republican other than poor education.

  4. i wish my PhD put me in the upper classes. The rise of for-profit degrees has cheapened real academic degrees.

    many diploma mills do not meet the requirements for an accredited degree. but unless you know academe, you think the degree is real.

  5. Well Shiva you would think 8 years under Bush should have brought them around. You have wonder what are these people thinking??

  6. IMO the reason for the vote against their best interest has to do with “social”issues, such as abortion rights and gay marriage. If you take those heated issues out of he equation I think you would find more people voting “sensibly”.

    People are afraid of the gays taking over (even though they’re only 2% of the population), the blacks&browns taking over and (white) women aborting babies.

  7. Pardon my language, but who in the hell are the young people that suppport McConnell? Better still, why in God’s name is McConnell receiving 27 percent of the African-American vote? What’s with these two groups?

    The African-American American population in Kentucky is only about 12 percent. So the polling company is saying 27 percent of the 12 percent is voting for McConnell? Really????? I find that astounding.

    Come on people, wake up!!!!Goooooo Alison!

  8. I knew there was something wrong with this polling. Young people should not be favoring McConnell, and 27 percent of African-Americans should not be favoring McConnell.

    They only asked a little over 600 people were surveyed. That’s not enough people, and I suspect young people and African-Americans were underrepresented in this poll.

  9. And don’t believe that po// smo// that blacks have Mitch’s back,probably the same po//ster who said Mittsey had the election sewed up.

  10. This is Kentucky, not New York. The voting demographics are not the same.

    This is the same polling outfit that had Grimes up by four earlier this year. Same methodology.

    CBS/NYT poll (out yesterday) has McConnell up by four.

    Polling will be up/down between now and November. The key will be Tea Party turnout.

  11. How come you Reich wingers have a problem with common sense
    In total, the Koch political empire marshaled $400 million in the 2012 election cycle toward groups and efforts that spent money directly in the electoral arena.

    The Open Society Policy Center and the Fund for Policy Reform, the main Soros groups donating to 501(c)(4) nonprofits, gave $12.9 million to those nonprofits in the 2012 cycle, of which just $1 million went to the subset that spent money in elections. Soros himself has publicly stated his opposition to funding attack ads.

    When Soros spends as much as the kochs and support policies that are destroying the planet then we can talk

  12. Uh, huh. And how much has he donated to those “not for profits,” (eg…political, policy leaning, liberal) over the last 10 years?

    How about that Lefty in California whose name escapes me that is donating millions in the name of global warming?

    Free speech, my friend. I don’t have a problem with any of it, left or right.

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