Poll: Amy McGrath Takes Narrow Lead Over Mitch McConnell In KY Senate Race
According to Newsweek, a recent poll showed that Democratic senatorial candidate Amy McGrath has a narrow lead over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky’s race.
- The polling conducted by RMG Group shows that McGrath, who is a former Marine fighter pilot, has the support of 41 percent of voters, while McConnell is at 40 percent.
- Newsweek reported that the polling also reveals that “when voters are informed that McGrath supports congressional term limits while McConnell does not, her lead over the Republican jumps significantly.” When these factors are also considered, McGrath is shown to be backed by 45 percent, while McConnell is only supported by 30 percent of respondents.
"What this shows is that after 35 years of Mitch McConnell's partisanship and dysfunction, Kentuckians are ready for change,” stated Terry Sebastian, McGrath’s senior communications strategist. “Lieutenant Colonel Amy McGrath believes in ending lifelong careers in the Senate and strongly supports a limit of two terms. Mitch McConnell has proven that being in office for decades has led to the politics of destruction and the Washington, D.C., swamp that everyone hates.”
- McConnell, who first entered the Senate back in 1985, is the longest-serving senator from Kentucky in US history. Newsweek wrote that he took over as Senate minority leader in 2007 and became majority leader in 2015.
- According to Newsweek, McConnell “has proudly claimed the title of ‘Grim Reaper,’ boasting publicly about how he has thwarted Democratic legislation. In April 2019, he said he would block any progressive Democratic legislation brought to the Senate if his party still holds the majority” after November.
"If I'm still the majority leader of the Senate after next year, none of those things are going to pass the Senate," he told his Kentucky supporters. "They won't even be voted on. So think of me as the Grim Reaper: the guy who is going to make sure that socialism doesn't land on the president's desk.”
- Democrats who plan on ousting McConnell face “an uphill battle” in conservative Kentucky. Newsweek reported that McGrath “has significantly outperformed McConnell in fundraising. As of April, she had taken in $12.8 million during the first fundraising quarter of the year, compared with McConnell’s $7.5 million.”
McGrath still needs to secure her party’s nomination, as the Kentucky primary will be held on June 23rd.