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New Kentucky Polls Show Amy McGrath Hot on McConnell’s Heels

Kentucky can be a tough state for Democrats to win elections in. Amy McGrath first ran for congress in the state back in 2018, losing to incumbent Andy Barr. She performed very well, losing by only 10,000 votes to Barr who had won by over 22% points in 2016.

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McGrath, who served in the Marine Corps as a fighter pilot, will now challenge Mitch McConnell for his senate seat in 2020. While McConnell has held the seat since 1985, new polling shows that he will be in for a significant battle this time around.

The first poll that showed a close race was from the AARP. This survey showed McConnell only leading his opponent by a margin of 1%.

Now too more recent polls are backing up the findings from that July survey. A study conducted by Garin-Hart-Yang had the incumbent holding a 43-40 lead over the challenger.

Another survey, this one taken by Change Research, had the duo in a dead heat for the senate seat.

Complicating things for McConnell is the presence of Libertarian candidate Brad Barron. Right-leaning Kentuckians could opt to vote for Barron rather than the incumbent.

Another issue for McConnell is his unpopularity with Americans. Susan Collins recently passed the Kentucky lawmaker as America’s most unpopular senator, but McConnell still only holds a 37% approval rating.