Democrats’ hopes to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have appeared to fade, with all of the recent polls showing the six-term Republican ahead and by double-digit margins in some, Newsweek reported Tuesday.
Despite one poll in June by RMG Research showing challenger Amy McGrath, 45, with a one percentage point lead and the former Marine pilot having accrued $50 million in donations, recent surveys have McConnell, 78, with leads from three percentage points to as much as 22 percentage points.
McConnell, who was first elected by Kentucky to the Senate in 1984, had his smallest lead in a Bluegrass Data Analytic survey of three points, 49% to 46%.
The husband of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, McConnell has received 49.9% or more of the vote in each of his six elections. His highest margin of victory was in 2002 when he defeated Lois Combs Weinberg 65% to 35%.
In 2014, he defeated Alison Lundergan Grimes 56% to 41%. He is the longest-serving senator from Kentucky in history.
A recent Quinnipiac poll showed McConnell leading McGrath 49%-44%. But a Morning Consult poll had McConnell with a 17-point advantage, 53%-36%, and Spry Strategies had it even more lopsided, 55%-33%.
Both U.S. senators from Kentucky have been Republicans since 1999, only one of Kentucky’s six House members is a Democrat and the state has voted for Republicans for president all years since 1976 except 1992, when it went for Bill Clinton.
President Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton 63% to 33% in 2016.
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