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McConnell Still Up Big

In response to another media-sponsored IVR poll showing a tight race, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign released another survey conducted for the Bluegrass boss showing McConnell leading his Democratic rival by a wide margin. Determined not to be the next Tom Daschle, McConnell is bent on drying up funding for businessman Bruce Lunsford and not giving Democrats an opening.

The poll, conducted by Voter/Consumer Research between 6/15-17, surveyed 601 likely voters for a margin of error of +/- 4.1%. McConnell and Lunsford, a 2003 and 2007 gubernatorial candidate, were tested.

General Election Matchup
McConnell....50 (nc)
Lunsford......39 (nc)

There has been virtually no movement since the last survey, conducted in late May. McConnell's rating of 54% favorable, 35% unfavorable has barely moved, and his job approval rating, of 58% who approve and 32% who disapprove, has not moved more than a point or two, either.

The Kentucky Senator, though, is not going to take a day off. And McConnell has more money on hand than any incumbent needs -- through the end of April, in advance of the state's May 20 primary, McConnell reported $7.7 million in the bank, compared with $337,000 for Lunsford, though the Democrat can, and likely will, significantly self-fund his campaign.

National Democrats would desperately like to see McConnell face a tough race, even if he does win re-election, and they could throw some money at the state, as some Democratic-leaning 527 organizations have done lately. But Lunsford still looks like he's got a way to go to put the seat in serious play.