Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) might have won an easy primary against Tea Party nut Matt Bevin, but he’s going to have a significantly harder time against his Democratic challenger. According to a recent poll, Alison Lundergan Grimes is ahead of McConnell, 49% to 46% right now. Politicus USA reports that despite the millions he’s spent on his campaign thus far, McConnell hasn’t been able to whittle away at Grimes’s lead at all.
40% of the poll’s respondents were Republican, and 56% were Democrats. 4% were independent. 60% disapprove of the job President Obama is doing, but 49% would vote for Grimes over McConnell if the election were held today, while 5% said they were undecided. 96% of the poll’s respondents said they were either extremely likely or very likely to vote this November.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was ousted earlier this week, which was a major shocker for pretty much everyone. According to The Atlantic, that hasn’t happened since 1899, when the position was invented. We would truly have had an interesting November if McConnell had lost his primary too, but whether Bevin would have beaten Grimes is another story. We don’t need more Tea Party nuts in Congress.
Grimes has a powerful supporter on her side in Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Warren recently blasted McConnell for voting against her student loan relief bill, which failed to overcome a filibuster by 56-38. According to The Huffington Post, Warren said to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews:
“One way I’m going to start fighting back is I’m going to go down to Kentucky and I’m going to campaign for Alison Lundergan Grimes,” Warren said. “She’s tough, she’s feisty, she endorsed the student loan bill, said she wanted to bring down interest rates for Kentuckians. […] So my view is I’m going to get out there and try to make this happen for her.”
The primary fight between Grimes and McConnell looks like it’ll be about the future of the coal industry. Coal is one of Kentucky’s biggest industries, and McConnell wants to preserve it, and grow it. Grimes, for her part, is trying to be a “pro-coal Democrat,” so she can reach all the Kentuckians affected by the coal industry. McConnell keeps trying to tie her to Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the minds of Kentuckians, so that they’ll think of a vote for her as a vote for the death of the coal industry.
All in all, this race is shaping up to be a tight one. Whether Grimes ultimately does win will depend on how much Kentuckians trust McConnell to keep working in their interests, or whether they feel he’s been working in their interests to begin with. Kentucky is traditionally a red state, so to see the race so tight is surprising. But, then, perhaps not, as more moderate Republicans become disenchanted with the Tea Party’s influence over their party.
More on the Allison Grimes vs. Mitch McConnell race.
- Tea Party to Mitch McConnell: Drop Out of Senate Race or Alison Lundergan Grimes Will Win!
- Several Polls Show Mitch McConnell Tied or Lagging Behind Opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes
- The Numbers are in: Mitch McConnell in Serious Danger of Losing Senate Seat to Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes
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