Politico reports that "at least one of Jack Conway’s advisers is having second thoughts about the now infamous “Aqua Buddha” advertisement, which some predict sealed the Democrat’s defeat in the Kentucky Senate race against Republican Rand Paul;"
Conway’s pollster, Peter Brodnitz, told reporters in a wide-ranging discussion Wednesday that the Aqua Buddha reference in a Conway advertisement released earlier this month was widely misinterpreted.
Politics Daily summarizes the Public Policy Polling survey:
PPP is now calling Paul the "likely victor" in the race and says the reason is the backlash from Conway's campaign ad saying that Paul, during his college days, worshipped a false god named "Aqua Buddha."
Politico's Manu Raju declares that the ad has backfired:
Conway’s disapproval ratings have jumped dramatically over the past week, a trend that makes it an even steeper challenge for the state attorney general to knock off Paul in the race to succeed GOP Sen. Jim Bunning. And the sharp turn-of-events has come in the immediate aftermath of Conway gaining serious traction in the race, when he appeared to have effectively moved it into a dead heat after waging a series of attacks against Paul’s views on Medicare.
The ad seem to have backfired on Conway, whose favorability rating changed from even to negative 13 points.
The Kentucky race has been closely watched because it is one of the handful where tea-party favorites are running very strongly. Republicans need to hold the seat if they are to have a chance at increasing their standing in the Senate.