Mitch McConnell’s Lead in Kentucky Senate Race is Slowly Disolving
On Saturday, Donald Trump signed an executive order cutting the unemployment benefit boost from $600 to $400. The president was quick to blame Senate Democrats, though they were fighting to keep the boost at $600. Many Republican lawmakers were looking to cut the benefit even lower.
The man responsible for those Senate Republicans is Mitch McConnell. The Senate Majority leader is now taking a hit for his actions in his home state of Kentucky. The latest Quinnipiac poll shows McConnell’s opponent, Amy McGrath, trailing him by only 5%.
While Kentucky is a red state, there is opportunity for Democrats to win statewide races. The Democratic governor of the state, Andy Breshear was elected by a narrow margin in the fall of 2019.
SHOCKERS: NEW Quinnipiac SENATE Polls.
KY: McConnell (R-inc) leads McGrath (D) 49-44%.
SC: TIE (Lindsey Graham-R inc. 44%, Jaime Harrison-D 44%.
ME: Gideon(D) leads Collins(R-inc.) 47-43%
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) August 6, 2020
The Quinnipiac poll has McConnell garnering 49% of the vote with McGrath taking 44% and 5% of voters still undecided.
Tim Malloy, a polling analyst for Quinnipiac asks, “Can a former Marine fighter pilot with 89 combat missions win a dogfight with a seasoned political powerhouse who has gone to war D.C. style for decades? She’s giving him a run for his money.”
McConnell has long been one of the most unpopular lawmakers in the country. A 2017 poll found McConnell with a 49% disapproval rating. This was the highest disapproval in the country for any senator.