Polls put McConnell in tight race with Lunsford

Published: Oct. 22, 2008 at 10:38 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 25, 2008 at 1:19 PM EST
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Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
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Bruce Lunsford
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By David McArthur - bio | email  
Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - With less than two weeks until the election, the race for the U.S. Senate seat from Kentucky is heating up. A new poll has Mitch McConnell and Bruce Lunsford tied and leaving the GOP's most powerful lawmaker vulnerable.

The Survey USA poll that came out Tuesday gives McConnell and Lunsford each 48% of the vote. That is a big change from August when McConnell led by 12-points. McConnell says his own polling numbers give him an edge, but he would not release the margin.

WAVE 3 caught up with McConnell in Grayson County during his 62-stop bus tour. Grayson County is pretty friendly territory for the GOP and a county that McConnell has carried since his first Senate race in 1984.

McConnell believes his strength is making him a target. As the Senate Minority Leader, he offers Kentucky clout. But Democrats nationwide want him out.

"It is going to be close to the very end. The Democrats have all this money coming in from San Francisco and New York, but I'll be able to defend myself and win on Election Day," said McConnell.

McConnell is using his target status to re-energize his supporters, reminding them to encourage everyone to vote.