U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell maintains a slight lead in his bid for re-election, according to a new poll of 647 registered voters in Kentucky. The five-term GOP incumbent is trying to fend off a challenge from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.
The Bluegrass poll conducted for the Courier-Journal, Herald Leader, and other media outlets in Louisville and Lexington gives McConnell a four-point lead over Grimes. The Senate Minority Leader was up two points in a poll taken last month.
The Grimes campaign said it was pleased with the numbers two months ahead of the November election, noting McConnell’s advantage, while slightly expanding, is still within the margin of error.
Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has released a radio ad criticizing President Obama for his "pie in the sky" power plant regulations that she says will hurt Kentucky. The ad debuted Wednesday in coal regions in eastern and western Kentucky.
Grimes says in the ad that Obama's plan will lead to utility rate increases, shortages of power and the loss of more coal jobs. She says it's clear Obama has "no idea" how his plan affects the state.
The ad is a response to Obama's plan to order big cuts in pollution discharged by power plants. It represents Grimes' latest attempt to distance herself from Obama, who is unpopular in Kentucky.
She's challenging senate minority leader Mitch McConnell in the fall election. McConnell's campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore called Grimes' ad "transparently political."
Former Auditor Crit Luallen says she will not challenge Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014. Luallen has long been considered to be among the best-situated Democrats to unseat McConnell. She served two terms as auditor and many political observers credit her with raising the office's profile during her tenure.
In the Weekly Republican Address, U-S Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell today called for the repeal of President Obama's healthcare reform law. Speaking just days before the U-S Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on the constitutionality of the law, the lawmaker from Louisville said the bill the White House backed has "made things worse." McConnell did note that the President was right to join a call for health care reform,but he criticized the Obama plan for leading to higher costs and premiums.