Politics

Internal Poll: McConnell Up By 8 Points Over Grimes

Alex Pappas Political Reporter

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell is leading his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, by 8 points, according to internal polling released by his campaign Wednesday.

McConnell’s camp released a memo from pollster Jan van Lohuizen showing McConnell at 49, Grimes at 41 percent and Libertarian David Patterson at 3 percent.

Lohuizen said he polled 815 likely voters in Kentucky over the last week. The margin of error is +/- 3.5 percent.

The poll comes following news reports that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, claiming polling shows that Grimes may have a chance against McConnell after all, plans to run $650,000 of ads in support of Grimes before the election.

It was previously reported that the DSCC had decided against running ads, a sign that it had all but given up on her chances.

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