Grimes leads McConnell by 2

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Posted on October 17, 2013 at 6:16 PM

PPP’s newest Kentucky poll finds voters in the state extremely unhappy about the government shutdown, and taking it out on Mitch McConnell. The Republican Senator Minority Leader now trails Alison Lundergan Grimes 45/43 for reelection.

60% of Kentucky voters opposed the shutdown, compared to only 32% who supported it. Those numbers are in line with what we’ve found in other red states- it doesn’t matter if a place went for Obama by 20 points or Romney by 20 points last fall, the shutdown is a huge problem for Republican politicians everywhere.

48% of voters in the state say they’re less likely to support McConnell for reelection next year because he supported the shutdown, compared to only 34% who say they’re now more likely to support him.

The shutdown gives Grimes an opening to win over more moderate Republican voters. Even among GOP partisans 43% in Kentucky opposed the shutdown and Grimes is taking 18% of the Republican vote head to head with McConnell, a strong amount of crossover support for a Democrat in the state.

This race was already looking like a toss up even before the government shutdown, but unhappiness with McConnell over that just further reinforces this being a winnable race for Grimes.

This poll was sponsored by Americans United for Change. Full results here.

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