The latest SurveyUSA poll shows Democratic Senatorial candidate Bruce Lunsford in a statistical tie with U.S. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican. Six weeks until Election Day, McConnell leads Lunsford 49% to 46 %.
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Six in 10 voters tell SurveyUSA they are focused on the economy, ahead of all other issues. Among voters focused on the economy, McConnell went from a six-point lead six weeks ago to a nine-point deficit in the latest poll, a 15-point swing to Lunsford.
Lunsford, a Louisville businessman who ran in the Democratic primaries for Kentucky governor in 2003 and 2007, also gained ground among women, where six weeks ago McConnell led by 11. In the latest poll, the candidates are tied.
In western Kentucky, McConnell had led by 20 points but now leads by 11. In north-central Kentucky, McConnell had led by 12 and now leads by two. In eastern Kentucky, McConnell had led by 26 and now leads by 11.
Among voters 50+, McConnell’s lead has been cut by two-thirds. Among wealthier voters, McConnell’s lead has been cut in half.
Because of McConnell’s stature on the national stage, pundits have said the McConnell-Lunsford battle is one of the top five races in the country. (PB)