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Paul up 25 points over Conway in poll taken before controversy

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 20, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Lost in the brouhaha over Rand Paul's Civil Rights Act comments and a very eager press corps feasting over the controversy, is a new Rasmussen Reports poll that shows Paul up by 25 points over Jack Conway, 59% to 34%.

Rasmussen was polling Wednesday, just as Paul was being asked about his position on whether the federal government can ban racial discrimination by a private business, so presumably the poll does not reflect whatever impact the story will have.

Rasmussen, however, does warn against overconfidence by Paul, with a prescient comment about "unforced errors:"

While Paul is capitalizing for now on Tea Party unhappiness in Kentucky over national policies, he’s also a political newcomer who’s running against a candidate who has previously run both for Congress and for statewide office. Rookie candidates often make unforced errors and it is difficult to project how well the GOP candidate will handle the campaign trail between now and November.

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