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Kentucky Senate Race Already Wild

May 6, 2010    Content provided by DDC Advocacy

According to a series of new Public Policy Polling surveys, both Kentucky Democrats and Republicans stunningly appear poised to nominate their weaker candidate for the general election. On the Republican side, the latest PPP data (5/1-2) shows Rand Paul, physician and son of Texas Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul, pulling away from Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who is the clear establishment-backed candidate. The results show Paul leading Grayson 46-28%, the largest spread of the primary race, which will conclude on May 18th. On the Democratic side, Lt. Gov. and 2004 Senatorial nominee Dan Mongiardo squares off against Attorney General Jack Conway, fresh after the latter's horse, Stately Victor, finished 8th at last Saturday's Kentucky Derby. According to the same PPP poll, Mongiardo has a 36-27% advantage over Conway.

Interestingly, both primary leaders fare worse against the opposite party than their intra-party colleague. While Paul only beats Mongiardo 42-38%, Grayson out distances him 43-35%. Against Conway, Paul has only a 41-40% advantage, while Grayson is up 42-34%. While the Republican primary seems to be about finished, the Democrats are still very much alive as the candidates turn into the home stretch.

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