The third WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll of Kentucky's U.S. Senate race between Rand Paul and Jack Conway will be released Saturday night at 11pm on WHAS11 News.
The Courier-Journal's Joe Gerth will have coverage Sunday morning, and I will have a comprehensive report Sunday night at 6:30pm and 11pm.
Previous polls by pollster Survey USA have shown Paul with slight leads in the race, but flat at 51% support. Conway has been within the margin of error, but dropped two points in the most recent survey in late July. Since then, Conway has been primarily focused on drug abuse policy, stressing a Paul quote that drug abuse is "not a real pressing issue" in the campaign. Paul has said that he was misquoted and/or taken out of context and has labored to insist that he does care about drug abuse yet believes that local jurisdictions rather than the federal government should be the origin of drug policy.
Also since the last poll, the Conway campaign has begun airing ads that highlight the drug issue and include endorsements from law enforcement. Though the Paul campaign has not begun airing ads, sister "American Crossroads" groups are airing third party ads that slam Conway and align him with President Barack Obama.
POLL #1 - May 28:
Not quite two weeks after Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Rand Paul won their respective U.S. Senate primaries in Kentucky, a new WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll shows Paul with a six point lead, 51% to 45% among likely voters.
POLL #2 - July 30:
POLL #3 - September 4: Any predictions? Leave your comments below.
Republican Rand Paul is maintaining a slim majority of support in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race versus Democrat Jack Conway, according to a new WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll.
The poll is virtually unchanged from two months ago, when Paul led Conway 51 percent to 45 percent.