CNN Poll: Mitch McConnell Has Narrow Lead on Democrat Grimes

Wednesday, 03 Sep 2014 06:42 PM

By Greg Richter

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Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has a 4 point lead over Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in his re-election bid for his Kentucky Senate seat, according to a new CNN/ ORC International Poll.

The poll shows McConnell with 50 percent support to Grimes' 46 percent. The difference falls exactly within the poll's 4 point margin of error.

Kentucky is a rare instance where Democrats believe they have a chance at taking a Republican-held seat this year. It also would be symbolic for them to defeat McConnell, who is set to become majority leader if the GOP takes control of the Senate.

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But the poll also showed President Barack Obama's approval rating in the state at 33 percent, attributable partly to his position against coal. Kentucky is a major coal-producing state.

That has forced Grimes to distance herself from Obama and run on a pro-coal platform.

The poll was conducted by telephone between Aug. 28 and Sept. 1, with a sampling of 11,037 adults, including 671 likely voters.


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