Poll says Lunsford leads McConnell by 5 points – McConnell cites poll gives him 11 point lead

Jennifer A. Moore Chair, of the Kentucky Democratic Party released a newsletter on Tuesday which says that: 

 “a poll released this morning shows that Democratic United States Senate Candidate Bruce Lunsford is leading Mitch McConnell by five points. The poll, conducted May 22 reveals what Democrats throughout Kentucky already know, Mitch McConnell can and will be beaten this November.”

The Rasmussen Reports Poll consisted of a .telephone survey of 500 likely voters shows Lunsford at 49 percent and McConnell at 44 percent. The survey, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points, was conducted May 22.

Those results are starkly different from a Herald-Leader/WKYT Kentucky Poll taken before the May 20 primary, which showed McConnell leading Lunsford by 12 points in a hypothetical fall match-up.


McConnell’s campaign quickly released an internal polling memo showing him with an 11 point lead over Lunsford.

McConnell campaign manager Justin Brasell blasted the Rasmussen poll.

“This is an indicator of what we can expect for the next five months,” Brasell said in a statement. “National Journal refuses to print Rasmussen polls, yet Democrat leaders will trumpet bogus polls like this one in a futile effort to create a false sense of momentum for the hand-picked candidate of New York Senator Chuck Schumer and the DSCC.” 


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