LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- The campaign of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is dismissing as "fictitious" a new poll by Democratic-leaning pollster which shows the five-term incumbent trailing Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.
The narrow margin is within the poll's 2.8 percent margin of error, making a McConnell-Grimes contest a statistical dead heat in the survey.
"George Soros and the Obama Allies are up to their same old tricks," said McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton. "They have concocted another fictitious poll that has no basis in realty, held it for ten days, and released it at the perfect time on the news cycle to help their upstart liberal candidate. This poll has zero credibility and should be ignored out of hand."
The Grimes campaign welcomed the results, saying they show that McConnell is unpopular despite already spending millions of dollars on his re-election campaign.
“It’s no surprise that Kentucky voters have had enough of Mitch McConnell’s partisan gridlock,” said senior advisor Jonathan Hurst. “For thirty years, McConnell has been the embodiment of all that is wrong with Washington and has no problem turning his back on Kentucky’s middle class.”
If the general election for U.S. Senate were held today, and the choices were Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, for whom would you vote?
Mitch McConnell 44%
Alison Lundergan Grimes 45%
(Asked of 1,210 Kentucky voters MOE 2.8%)
The poll was conducted July 19-21, prior to the July 24 entry of Republican Matt Bevin into the race and prior to Grimes' official announcement in Lexington on July 30. Grimes announced her intention to enter the race on July 1. The survey does not include any of the other three Democratic candidates, Owensboro contractor Ed Marksberry, Louisville music promoter Bennie J. Smith and U of L professor Greg Leitchy.