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Thu August 1, 2013
Polls Offer Different Early Snapshots Of McConnell-Grimes Race
FRANKFORT, Ky. - A poll by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling shows Senator Mitch McConnell trailing Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes by one percentage point, but the Republican Minority Leader’s campaign is labeling the poll as “fictitious.”
Voters looking for consensus in early Senate race polls are bound to be disappointed.
The PPP poll, commissioned by Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy For America, has Grimes at 45 percent and McConnell at 44 with 11 percent undecided. While the lead is within the poll’s 2.8 percent margin of error, Democrats are pointing to the numbers as evidence that McConnell is vulnerable and faces a real threat in 2014.
But McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton was quick to throw cold water on the results, saying they have no basis in reality and should be dismissed out of hand. A survey by Republican pollster Wenzel Strategies just last week showed McConnell ahead by 8 points.