New Rasmussen poll has Grimes 8 points down to Mitch McConnell.
She repeated the refusal to answer the question on local TV again:
U.S. Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes continues to refuse to say who she voted for in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. On Friday, Grimes sat down with WYMT’s Steve Hensley for a taping of an episode of “Issues & Answers: The Mountain Edition.” Here is an excerpt from the interview:
Steve Hensley: “You’ve also said in the past that you voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2008 presidential primary so what’s the difference?”
Secretary Grimes: “In 2008 I was not Secretary of State and what happened at that convention is all on record so nothing that wasn’t already fully disclosed was offered up. It’s a matter of principle as I told Bill Goodman, I’m the chief elections official. It is a constitutional right provided in Kentucky’s constitution for all Kentuckians to cast their ballot in privacy.”
Hensley: “If President Obama offered to campaign for you in Kentucky, would you accept?”
Grimes: “Well, I’ve said I speak for myself, Senator McConnell doesn’t understand that. He and his henchmen have spent about 50 million dollars trying to put Barack Obama on the ballot this year. He’s not, I am.”
According to a new poll from Rasmussen, Mitch McConnell has taken a significant lead:
(Emphasis is mine.)
Election 2014: Kentucky Senate
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has crossed the 50% mark now in his bid for reelection in Kentucky.
The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Kentucky Voters finds McConnell with 52% support to Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes’ 44%. Two percent (2%) prefer another candidate in the race, and three percent (3%) are undecided.
The incumbent led 46% to 41% in September and was ahead 48% to 41% in late May.
Kentucky remains Leans Republican in the Rasmussen Reports’ 2014 Senate Balance of Power rankings. Democrats have had high hopes all year that Grimes, Kentucky’s current secretary of State, could unseat McConnell who has been a member of the Senate since 1985. He’s been the Senate Republican leader since 2007.
The RCP poll average has McConnell up 4 pts.
Mitch McConnell sometimes takes heat from conservatives for being too liberal and too establishment but when compared to the alternative, at least he’s a reliable vote against Obama.
Critics can say what they will about McConnell but he gets some things right.
Take for example, his press release on the resignation of Eric Holder:
McConnell on the Resignation of Eric Holder
“I could not support the President’s nomination of Eric Holder in 2009 because of the many questionable decisions he’d made as Deputy Attorney General. Five years later, I’m confident in the wisdom of that decision. Holder has placed ideological commitments over a commitment to the rule of law. These are not the qualities the American people look for in the nation’s highest law-enforcement official. So I will be scrutinizing the President’s replacement nominee to ensure the Justice Department finally returns to prioritizing law enforcement over partisan concerns.”
You may also have forgotten that McConnell is a strong advocate of free speech:
If I lived in Kentucky, he’d have my vote.
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