Two new polls show that Rand Paul continues to hold a lead over his Democratic opponent in the race for Kentucky’s Senate seat.
In the Bluegrass Poll, Paul has a six point lead over Jack Conway:
Republican Rand Paul leads Democrat Jack Conway by 6 points in Kentucky’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, according to a Courier-Journal/WHAS11 Bluegrass Poll.
The new poll — in which 569 likely voters were questioned by telephone — found Paul would beat Conway by a margin of 51 percent to 45 percent if the election were held today.
Paul’s lead, however, falls within the poll’s margin of error, which is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points. Only 4 percent of likely voters said they were undecided in the poll, which was conducted May 25-27 by SurveyUSA.
The other poll released last week, a Daily Kos/Research 2000 Poll, showed Paul leading Conway 44% to 41% with 15% undecided.
Arguably, these polls indicate that Paul has taken a hit from the Civil Rights Act controversy considering that the first post-primary poll showed him with a 25 point lead (although its worth noting that comparing polling results from different pollsters isn’t really a good idea).
In any case, though, it seems clear that whatever harm that controversy caused him, Paul remains the leader in this race.