Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes Doubles Lead Against Mitch McConnell In KY Senate Race

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell finds himself in trouble as his rival Alison Grimes has doubled her lead in the race, thanks to the shutdown. Image @ PolicyMic

In August, Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes came out swinging against Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky.

“He sowed the seeds of dysfunction, and after 30 years Senator McConnell is in the center of it,” Grimes said of her opponent. “The GOP has come to stand for gridlock, obstruction and partisanship. If doctors told Senator McConnell he had a kidney stone, he’d refuse to pass it.”

Alison Grimes’ tough stand against Mitch McConnell earned her a one point lead in a Public Policy Poll in the same month. She has held on to that lead ever since. But as the Republican-caused government shutdown dragged on, Americans across the country overwhelmingly blamed the GOP. The same held true in Kentucky, and because of that, Ms. Grimes has doubled her lead against Mitch McConnell.

Alison Lundergan Grimes has doubled her lead over Mitch McConnell in Kentucky Senate race.

According to the latest PPP Poll, Alison Grimes has a two point lead in her race to unseat the incumbent Mitch McConnell. The 45-43 advantage comes as a whopping 60 percent of Kentuckians opposed the shutdown. But it gets even worse for the incumbentl. The poll also shows that Ms. Grimes is supported by a sizable 18 percent of GOP voters in the state. Furthermore, 48 percent of Kentucky voters say they are less likely to vote for Mitch McConnell compared to 34 percent who say they are more likely. All because the Senate Minority Leader supported the shutdown.

Because of shutdown, Grimes could win in Kentucky and Democrats could Win Back House In 2014.

Clearly, the shutdown has destroyed the GOP’s credibility. Democrats are not only finding increased support in Kentucky, they’re finding it across the country. Because of the recklessness displayed by the GOP, Democrats are poised to take back the House in 2014. A recent series of polls during the shutdown shows Democrats leading in 17 House races. In all 17, an unnamed Democrat leads the incumbent Republican candidate.

Republicans have not learned their lesson, which will benefit Democrats.

Even with all of this bad news, Tea Party Republicans still intend to repeat their tactics again in January and February when the budget and debt ceiling deadlines approach again. They truly have not learned any lessons from this time around. They are willing to damage their own party and hurt America just to oppose President Obama. And if they keep refusing to back down, it’ll not only mean more support for Democrats in future elections, but also definitive victories.