McConnell leads Grimes by 4%, with newly minted Libertarian candidate David Patterson pulling in 7% (without Patterson, McConnell leads Grimes 47-42).
In PPP’s previous poll, Grimes was up 1% but that was in early April and since then McConnell’s navigated out of his Primary and presumably absorbed many of those Bevin voters who are no longer ideologically determined to remove Mitch from office because, you know, principles shrinciples.
All said the race remains close and McConnell remains unpopular- and among the undecided voters McConnell has just a 10% approval rating to 66% of voters who disapprove of him. So Grimes should at least have a chance with those folks.
So Grimes is down 4%, with 9% undecided and the vast majority of them disliking Mitch.
Still… Grimes needs to find a way to turn this race, and to grab the undecideds and move ‘em. Tactically, it may be the case that their steady-as-she-goes approach employed so far may need to kick it up a notch and make some waves.
One possible route… Kynect.
Joe Sonka’s new gig at INSIDER LOUISVILLE starts today with a very Sonka take on the Kentucky Senate race and how both Grimes and McConnell doing everything in their power to avoid talking about the great success of Kentucky’s Obamacare-implemented initiative. Sonka writes:
What wasn’t mentioned by either candidate in their speeches before laid-off coal miners was the fact that they both were located in counties that have seen the most dramatic decrease in the percentage of residents without health insurance in Kentucky — all thanks to the landmark legislation of the unpopular president they were there to roast.
By now, you (and most certainly Addison and Alison) have seen the maps that show how Kynect/ACA have totally transformed the Commonwealth, spreading insurance coverage to the deeply Red corners of the state and giving half-a-million Kentuckians health insurance coverage (75% of whom didn’t have any before).
It doesn’t take a political scientist, or a DC campaign strategist for that matter, to figure out that map offers a compelling argument for Grimes to follow the example of 6th District Congressional Candidate Elisabeth Jensen and 3rd District Congressman John Yarmuth, not to mention Governor Beshear, and to finally turn Kynect’s great success into powerful argument for the difference between the parties — and perhaps a winning strategy for November.
The PPP poll looked at the ACA and Kynect and found interesting numbers. For Obamacare, which Mitch McConnell wants to destroy, 41% believe it’s been rolled out well while 54% believe it hasn’t.
But when asked instead about Kynect, Kentucky voters have a very different read: 45% of Kentuckians approve of the Kynect roll out with just 29% disapproving.
Mitch McConnell wants to destroy Kynect as surely as he wants to destroy the ACA — they are one in the same, literally kynected.
Half a million Kentuckians have now gotten insurance through Kynect and Mitch McConnell is campaigning on taking that insurance away and kicking all those voters and their kids back out to the curb.
In the heart of coal country where Grimes desperately needs to pick up voters, the effects of Kynect have been the most impressive — and by continuing to not communicate the simple message that Mitch McConnell wants to take away their health insurance, Grimes is so far giving up these votes and with them, possibly the election.