Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is in trouble in Kentucky

The 2014 midterm elections are just around the corner, and the race for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) seat is heating up. Glenn spoke to Sen. McConnell’s primary challenger, Matt Bevin, in November and was impressed with his conservative values. New polling data shows Bevin is slowly but surely closing a very large gap against Sen. McConnell. And there is even worse news for Sen. McConnell – he leads his presumed Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes, by just one point in the polls.

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“Did you see the poll on Mitch McConnell’s race,” Pat asked on radio this morning. “Usually a poll that has Mitch McConnell leading Bevin 53-[26], you would think that race is over, looks pretty good for McConnell and bad for Bevin. But this past summer, the difference was 52 points!”

Taking a look at data from Public Policy Polling, Republican voters seem to be unfamiliar with who Bevin is as a candidate, but they are certainly not overly enthusiastic with Sen. McConnell’s performance:

Do you approve or disapprove of Senator Mitch
McConnell’s job performance?
Approve: 46%
Disapprove: 43%
Not sure: 11%

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion
of Matt Bevin?
Favorable: 14%
Unfavorable: 25%
Not sure: 61%

If the Republican candidates for Senate in
2014 were Mitch McConnell and Matt Bevin,
who would you vote for?
Mitch McConnell: 53%
Matt Bevin: 26%
Not sure: 21%

“Here’s the problem. I think Matt Bevin should win. I think it’s an important race, and I’m hoping that Matt Bevin is everything he says he is. He could be another Ted Cruz, and he seems like the right kind of guy,” Glenn said. “But I will tell you this: If he loses this race, mark my words, McConnell will lose.”

Looking beyond Kentucky Republicans, Glenn is right that the general election is shaping up to be a tight one:

If the candidates for Senate next year were
Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat
Alison Lundergan Grimes, who would you vote
for?
Mitch McConnell: 43%
Alison Lundergan Grimes: 42%
Not sure: 15%

If the candidates for Senate next year were
Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Alison
Lundergan Grimes, who would you vote for?
Matt Bevin: 39%
Alison Lundergan Grimes: 38%
Not sure: 24%

See the complete Public Policy Polling data HERE.

“I really hate to war game for the Democrats,” Glenn said. “But honestly, if you found someone that was a moderate in Kentucky, you would slam Mitch McConnell.”

Ultimately, when you consider Rand Paul is the junior senator from the state, the people of Kentucky are clearly willing to embrace a less establishment, more conservative leader.

“What’s the mentality of Kentucky? It’s Rand Paul, not Mitch McConnell. McConnell was great when you had the understanding of, ‘Well, he’s better than the other guys.’ That’s not the mind-set of the people in Kentucky, thank God, now,” Glenn concluded. “If they had Bevin and Rand Paul, Kentucky would be better than Texas.”

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  • Johnathan Read

    Are you listening Kentucky ??

    Mitch McConnell has got to GO !

  • landofaahs

    When are we going to realize we are all in trouble and that the feckless politicians are going to take care of themselves and damn the rest?

  • Anonymous

    Elect a Tea Party member

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Rand Paul should of supported the other guy.

  • Anonymous

    Help get Matt Bevin elected. I’m in NC and I have donated to his campaign through the Senate Conservatives Fund. Mitch McConnell is a traitor to the conservative cause and an enemy to true Republicans everywhere. Help take back the Republican Party from RINOs like McConnell, McCain, Graham, Boehner, Cantor, and many others that have abandoned us. It takes money, lots of money to beat an establishment so-called Republican like McConnell. GIVE!!! And do not give to the RNC. Give to directly to candidates that believe as we do. The RNC will not get another dime from me until the party returns to its conservative roots.

  • Anonymous

    You bet he should have. I like Rand but as far as I am concerned he is a coward for not standing up to to RINO McConnell and endorsing Bevin. I think we have all had quite enough of “go along to get along” so-called republicans.

  • Anonymous

    Bevin has May not be a card carrying Tea Party member but he is a man of conservative principles. I’ll take Bevin over McConnell any day. McConnell disgust me as does every other RINO!

  • Duke Bruce Brubaker III

    I am a KY voter and I had the chance to hear Matt Bevin speak for over an hour last night at the Owensboro courthouse. Then he followed that hour taking questions on any subject for over 45 minutes. I was VERY impressed and this guy is the real deal. Don’t tell Glenn, but I think I like this guy more than Rand Paul!

  • Crassus

    Bevin seems like a weak candidate whose main campaign theme is “Vote for Me Because I’m Not Mitch McConnell.” That never wins elections. Ask Mitt Romney and John Kerry. Kentuckians deserve better than Mitch the Snitch but it’s going to take a better candidate than Bevin to take him out.

  • Anonymous

    My good God–the people of KY–GET RID OF MITCH MC CONNELL–HE ISN’T A CONSERVATIVE–HE’S PROVEN HE IS A RINO–a rEPUBLICAN IN NAME ONLY!!
    Otherwise WHY would he threaten members of the Tea Party that if they excepted money from the Tea Party type groups they wouldn’t get any GOP money?!?
    And he can say that because he controls the GOP money–does that sound like he is for the new group of people coming up behind him in the GOP party as HE can’t be there FOREVER but he’s not supporting the new GOP party members!! He and others like him have been in DC waaaay toooo long and they are not conservatives anymore! GET RID OF HIM PEOPLE–NOW!!

  • RevJules

    KY needs to wake up and remove McConnell. He is a corrupt old fool who will continue to go along to get along with the commies(which is what the demonrats have become). Matt Bevin is a breath of fresh air on the political scene, along the lines of Cruz, Lee and others. KY, and the nation, will benefit from electing Bevin.
    Wake up, KY.

  • Philip Mcaleavey

    Call , call Tel: 1-202224-3121….I just did ! and tell him,”how dis appointed U are for not supporting another conservative (Bevin) in his state and to support McConnell is traitorious ” and don’t mince words !

  • bucketnutz

    Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya

  • John Scott

    The establishment in Washington on both sides of the isle need to go. Get some fresh blood willing to take bold steps to reverse our failing government who has far too many politicians I the back pockets of groups.

  • G21

    Civilization depends upon favorable states of affairs, such as liberty, to unleash the forces of genius, innovation, and prosperity.

  • jthomas

    Im a republican and I will vote for ANYONE OTHER than liar Mitch McConnell. I like Bevin and if it comes between McConnell and Grimes, well im voting Grimes… 26+years holding the same seat like McConnell has done breeds corruption. McConnell is not a true representative for the hard working folks of Kentucky. McConnell simply must go!!!
    Louisville Ky…

  • Anonymous

    AMERICA: DUMP THE RINO BACK STABBER MCCONNELL

    Let’s get rid of this Repulsive Rino.
    Remember, these RNC Rinos declared war on Conservatives.
    Let’s give it to them.

    Send some money to Matt Bevin. Bevin is coming on strong,
    and McConnell is spiraling down.

    Latest Rasmussen survey (Feb. 3) shows Bevin doing better than McConnell would in a general-election matchup against Democratic challenger Grimes. In a head-to-head race, Bevin leads Grimes by four points, 40 to 36 percent; McConnell is running even with Grimes, each with 42% of the vote..

    Help out Bevin in the primary.
    Money is dear in our house, and we’ve sent Bevin money twice,
    and we don’t even live in Kentucky, but we’re American,
    and this race is important to America.

    Help the guy out:
    http://mattbevin.com/