Another poll shows Rand Paul holding a commanding lead over Trey Greyson in the GOP primary in Kentucky:
FRANKFORT — A new Kentucky Poll shows novice political candidate Rand Paul with a commanding 12-point lead over Trey Grayson, the Republican Party establishment’s choice in the GOP race for U.S. Senate in Kentucky.
In the Republican race, the poll found that a plurality of Republican voters support Paul’s pledge to push a ban on all budget earmarks, which allow members of Congress to funnel money to projects in their home districts.
Nearly half of respondents, 47 percent, said they agree with Paul’s stance, while 28 percent said they agree with Grayson that it would be irresponsible to ban all earmarks.
That disparity has helped put Grayson “in a position you don’t want to be,” Ali said.
Still, Grayson’s campaign held out hope that recent endorsements by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Rep. Harold Rogers, two politicians famous for diverting federal spending to pet projects in Kentucky, would push him to victory.
Both endorsements came while the poll was being conducted earlier this week. Rogers endorsed on Monday and McConnell’s support was made public in a TV ad that began airing Tuesday.
“We are looking forward to May 18,” said Grayson campaign manager Nate Hodson, referring to an internal poll that shows the race closer.
Ali said he thinks McConnell’s endorsement is offset by an earlier endorsement for Paul by U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Southgate, who decided not to seek re-election this year. “I don’t think McConnell’s endorsement does anything for Grayson,” Ali said.
The Paul campaign all but declared victory Wednesday, saying it’s time for Grayson to “decide how he wants to be remembered in this race.”
A strong point for Paul is his support among people 60 and older, where he leads 53 percent to 27 percent. He led by smaller margins in all other age groups.
“Grayson is supposed to be the establishment candidate, but here he trails badly among older voters,” Sabato said. “That’s not a very good sign.”
To say the very least.
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