McConnell Poll Puts Him Under 50 Percent

Posted October 10, 2008 at 11:46am

The campaign for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) released an internal poll Friday that showed him with less than 50 percent of the vote.

The poll showed him with 47 percent support from voters — the first time that an internal poll has shown him under the 50 percent benchmark, dangerous territory for an incumbent.

The poll does have McConnell with a 9-point lead over his Democratic opponent, millionaire Bruce Lunsford, who polled 38 percent.

A McConnell campaign poll made public in May had him up 11 points with 50 percent support, while a January sample had McConnell with a 15-point lead, signaling that since then Lunsford has been making gains on the Republican lawmaker.

Lunsford’s internal poll has the two in a tight race with McConnell leading 48 percent to 45 percent.