Sunday, September 28, 2014

Roundup: With just over five weeks to go, polls and media illustrate Grimes's challenge

Things don't seem to be looking up for Alison Lundergan Grimes . . .
  • "Is Grimes campaign sputtering in final stretch?" asks the headline over Joe Gerth's Sunday column in The Courier-Journal. Gerth notes independent polls showing the Democratic nominee trailing Sen. Mitch McConnell by 4 to 8 percentage points in recent weeks, but suggested that the Grimes poll showing her leading by 1 point could be valid because "the campaign has been micro-targeting young voters who don't have a strong voting record but who have come out to vote at some point over the last few years" and could be including more of them in its polling.
  • "Grimes's biggest problem may be that she's not just battling McConnell but she's also battling the super PACs and special interest groups that are on the air backing McConnell and attacking her in greater numbers than ever," Gerth writes. "She's now seeing ads against her by the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, the National Rifle Association and a federal credit union political action committee. Kentuckians for Strong Leadership and Rove's Crossroads GPS have also bought ad time in the state" for McConnell. So has the National Association of Realtors.

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