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Bridget Johnson


January 29, 2013 - 9:06 am

A new home-state poll shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in trouble come re-election time in 2014, even though he doesn’t have a primary challenger yet.

The Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll shows McConnell opponents outnumbering his supporters 2-1:

In the poll of 609 registered voters, 34 percent said they plan to vote against McConnell — while just 17 percent say they will vote to give him six more years. Forty-four percent said they will wait to see who is running against him before deciding, and 6 percent said they are not sure.

Jesse Benton, McConnell’s campaign manager, dismissed the poll as “nothing more than an irresponsible way to stir up cheap headlines.”

“Anyone with a kindergarten level of education in polling knows that asking voters to support an incumbent ‘no matter who runs against him’ is guaranteed to produce the most skewed number possible,” Benton said.

Tea Partiers have been chomping at the bit to target McConnell, but they lack a candidate to do so. Tea Party Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) has said he won’t challenge McConnell.

Meanwhile, McConnell has hired the campaign strategist of Tea Party Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — Benton, quoted above. And Democrats might even take the seat from Republicans if they run Ashley Judd.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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