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.

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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.

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.

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