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Poll: Kentucky Republicans Like Rand Paul A Lot More Than Mitch McConnell

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With an approval rating of 31 percent, McConnell's standing in Kentucky is identical to that of President Obama. Comparatively, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) boasted a 49 percent approval rating, the poll found. The freshman senator eclipses McConnell among Republicans in the state, too.

According to the poll, Kentucky Republicans prefer Paul over McConnell by a whopping 59-27 percent margin. 

McConnell is facing a challenge from Republican businessman Matt Bevin, although polls have shown the incumbent is in a comfortable position to win the GOP primary.

In 2010 it was Paul who played the role of conservative insurgent en route to a victory in Kentucky's open Senate race. McConnell endorsed former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson over Paul in the primary that year. 


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