Even Rasmussen Finds McConnell Tied With Dem Challenger


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is tied with his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, at 42 percent each in a new poll by conservative-leaning firm Rasmussen Reports.

Six percent preferred neither of them, and 10 percent were undecided, according to the survey, which was released Monday.

Rasmussen’s polls came under fire during the 2010 and 2012 election cycles for regularly overstating the standing of Republican candidates.

The survey echoes several polls by the Democratic-affiliated Public Policy Polling which have found McConnell and Grimes in a virtual dead heat.

The Rasmussen telephone survey polled 500 likely voters in Kentucky from Jan. 29-30 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.


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