Poll: Alison Lundergan Grimes Trails Mitch McConnell By 1 Point

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October 20, 2014 6:08 p.m.

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes remains very competitive in the Kentucky Senate race against Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, according to a new poll released just two weeks before Election Day.

McConnell leads by a mere 1 point among likely voters — 44 percent to 43 percent — in a Bluegrass Poll released Monday, well within the survey’s margin of error of 3.9 percentage points.

Eight percent were undecided and 5 percent supported Libertarian candidate David Patterson.

The result comes as Grimes, the secretary of state, faces strong political headwinds in the conservative state. It’s the first poll in the race since Grimes captured national headlines — and criticism — for refusing to answer questions about whether she voted for President Barack Obama.

“Today’s Bluegrass Poll proves that our campaign remains poised to win,” said Jonathan Hurst, Grimes’ campaign manager. “We are just inches away from putting an end to Mitch McConnell’s failed 30-year Washington voting record. Despite a spending surge in the last two weeks and dumping nearly $50 million to date, McConnell and his allies are in serious trouble.”

The poll was conducted from Oct. 15-19 by SurveyUSA.

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