In the face of polls that show them trailing, the campaign of Alison Lundergan Grimes is unfazed by the media talk and focused on Election Day.
Yes, there’s a brutal PPP poll out that shows Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) leading Alison Lundergan Grimes (D-KY) ” 50/42, with Libertarian David Patterson getting 3%. In a head to head match up, McConnell’s lead is 53/44.”
But you have to wonder if this is accurate, and it does match up with the latest Kentucky Bluegrass poll, why did Mitch McConnell feel he had to violate election laws with an intimidating flier sent to voters in Eastern Kentucky? Seems we are not the only people wondering this.
Grimes Deputy Campaign Manager Phillip Thompson told PoliticusUSA that he has confidence in the voters, the ground game, and their internal polling, “We remain confident in the accuracy of our own polling, which for months has shown this race a dead heat. Mitch McConnell’s panicked $2 million check to himself and his sleazy, illegal voter suppression tactics suggest he sees the same. This election will ultimately be decided by voter enthusiasm in the final days and whoever best turns out their voters, and we have built the largest, most aggressive ground game in Kentucky history. On November 4th, we’re confident the voters will reject Mitch McConnell’s 30-year Washington record of failure and enriching himself on the backs of others, and replace him with an independent problem solver like Alison who will make Washington start working for Kentuckians again.”
This race was never going to be easy. Grimes is trying to unseat a Republican incumbent in a state where 60% of the vote supported Mitt Romney in 2012 and Obama still polls terribly. But for months this race has been tied within the margin of error. It’s unclear why races across the country are suddenly breaking for Republicans, especially in Kentucky where they aren’t even showing up to see McConnell and he is signaling his own insecurity with his loans to himself and the intimidation fliers.
The thing Democrats and Independents and moderate Republicans need to keep in mind is that people matter. Voters are all that matter on November 4th. People need to stay focused on turnout and worry about the results, if need be, on November 5th. Just show up.
Ms. Jones is the editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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