McConnell Takes a Steady Lead over Grimes in Recent Polls

by Andrew Johnson

A slate of recent polls give Republican Mitch McConnell the edge over Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, thought not by much.

The the latest Bluegrass Poll, commissioned from SurveyUSA by the Louisville Courier-Journal and other news outlets, shows the Senate minority leader ahead of Grimes 46 percent to 42 percent. Another 8 percent said they were undecided and 5 percent of respondents supported Libertarian candidate David Patterson. The poll was taken before the resignation of McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton this past Friday. The poll’s margin of error was 4.2 percent.

Democrats have hoped to pick off McConnell in an otherwise difficult election cycle for the party, but the Bluegrass Poll is just the latest indicator that McConnell has a lead. Both an August Public Policy Polling survey and a July CBS News/New York Times survey both showed McConnell with a four-point lead as well.