This probably isn't the week Mitch McConnell wanted

August 2, 2013
By Seth Maloney | 0 comments

Polls, challengers, and rebellions. Oh my!

1. The DFA/PCCC polling
We've been loving our polling numbers in Kentucky lately. So has the rest of the internet. The Huffington Post says it best though:

Looks great, doesn't it? It just has this really smooth look to it. "MCCONNELL DOWN 1." You can see the full story on our poll here.

2. Attorney General Alison Lundergan Grimes' polling

The leading lady in Kentucky released her own polling numbers, which we also love. From the Courier Journal:
Grimes released the results of a telephone poll that showed her with a 2 point lead over McConnell among Kentucky registered voters. The poll of 750 voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

We know there's still a lot of time between now and the 2014 election, but this is a pretty great start. 

3. McConnell's staff shakedown

Obviously these numbers aren't great to see for the 30-year Senate veteran. He has to be panicked if he's sending his chief of staff to oversee the reelection efforts. 

Mitch has a history of completely carpet-bombing opponents. Apparently it isn't working. (...especially if early polling shows him behind. Did we mention he's down in the polls?). The general perception, now, is that his reelection may be the last chance the GOP has at securing the Senate for years to come

4. Challenge from the Tea Party

Alison Lundergan Grimes isn't the only challenge McConnell has in the race. He's facing a primary challenge from the fringes of the Tea Party that's already picked up national esteem. Matt Bevin, a New Hampshire native has become the Tea Party's darling in the state, and is looking to unseat McConnell. Bevin really doesn't have a chance, but he is taking firm advantage over McConnell's record-low approval ratings. 

5. Nobody seems to like him

Sure, Rand Paul endorsed Mitch, but they're from the same state. It's pretty much expected. 

Meanwhile, Ted Cruz, who's just plain terrible, wouldn't even endorse McConnell, neither would Senator Mike Lee of Utah, or Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. Really

edit: it gets better and better... 

6. Olfactory-Gate

The smell heard 'round the world picked up steam (ew?) last week when McConnell's campaign manager Jesse Benton had this wonderful quote:

“Between you and me, I’m sort of holding my nose for two years because what we’re doing here is going to be a big benefit to Rand in ’16, so that’s my long vision,” (source)
According to the Washington Post, this quote is from months ago, and he's a longtime Ron Paul/Rand Paul loyalist. The best part? It's a call recorded by a Ron Paul aid. 



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