Poll: McConnell, Tea Party Challenger Neck and Neck over Grimes

Poll: McConnell, Tea Party Challenger Neck and Neck over Grimes

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) does not fare any better against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in a general election than his Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin. 

Both McConnell and Bevin lead Grimes by the same margin in a hypothetical one-on-one matchup, according to a new Kentucky Senate poll. Public Policy Polling, the left-leaning polling organization, found that while McConnell leads Grimes 43% to 42% in a head-to-head matchup, Bevin would also lead Grimes 39% to 38% in a one-on-one matchup. 

Last month, Matt Walsh, a prominent Kentucky radio host who has a show on WLAP and blogs at TheMattWalshBlog.com, spoke to host Stephen K. Bannon on Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125. He told the Breitbart News executive chairman that Bevin would have a better chance against Grimes in a general election than McConnell. 

The polling outfit notes that “Grimes is remaining very competitive with [McConnell], even as Democrats have struggled nationally over the last couple months,” largely because “only 31% of voters approve of the job McConnell is doing, compared to 61% who disapprove.” 

Though 41% of Kentucky Republicans disapprove of McConnell’s job performance while 47% approve, 61% do not have an opinion of Bevin at all. The poll found that Kentucky Republicans like Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) “better than McConnell by a 59/27 margin, but so far they’re not seeing Bevin as someone in the Paul vein.”

Public Policy Polling conducted its poll from December 12th to 15th, and the margin of error is /- 2.5 percentage points for the general election and /- 4.2 for Republicans.