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article imageOp-Ed: Alison Lundergan Grimes surges in race to knock out McConnell Special

By John Presta     Oct 7, 2014 in Politics
Frankfort - The Kentucky Derby is nicknamed the "Running of the Roses" and is held every May in the state. For Democratic Kentucky Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, everything is coming up roses in her race against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
A new Bluegrass Poll released yesterday is showing Grimes leads McConnell 46 percent to 44 percent, in a poll of 632 likely voters, with Libertarian candidate David Patterson remaining a very distant third, but enough to siphon off McConnell voters.
The results of this poll indicates what WKYT political editor Bill Bryant has known for months, that this is "A competitive and closely watched senate race in Kentucky. It will be interesting to see how the candidates motivate their supporters down the homestretch."
While some have attempted to diminish the Bluegrass poll as some kind of "outlier," this is the very same poll and pollster that showed McConnell with a significant lead through most of this campaign. Now that it has gone the other, the McConnell people are disavowing the legitimacy of that poll.
Charly Norton, a campaign spokesperson for Grimes said, "Monday’s new Bluegrass Poll reflects the surging momentum around the Grimes campaign as Kentuckians rally around Alison and her forward-looking vision to grow the middle class."
Disputing the McConnell claim of the legitimacy of the poll, Norton added, "Far from being an 'outlier,' as the McConnell campaign would desperately like one to believe, the new Bluegrass Poll shows that Mitch McConnell has lost significant ground. Nearly every poll in the race thus far has been well within the margin of error – a clear sign that McConnell’s mudslinging is not working."
Norton also said, "For over a year, the U.S. Senate race has remained neck-and-neck as Mitch McConnell struggles to outline his case for re-election. While McConnell has been a gridlock-soaked Washington insider for 30 years, Alison will be an independent, problem solver in the U.S. Senate who works across the aisle to get things done for Kentucky."
The poll is also a confirmation of an internal Grimes poll that the Digital Journal reported. It was conducted by pollster Mark Mellman and showed Grimes leading McConnell, 43 percent to 42 percent.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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