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McConnell Poll Shows He Has 17-Point Lead

Wealthy health care executive Bruce Lunsford (D), who is aiming to knock off Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) in the Bluegrass State this fall, trails the Senator by 17 points, according to a new poll conducted on behalf of McConnellÂ’s campaign.

McConnell led Lunsford 52 percent to 35 percent in the survey of 900 likely voters by Voter/Consumer Research. That McConnell lead was bigger than it was in an August SurveyUSA poll, which gave the incumbent a 12-point lead.

Lunsford, who has released two commercials in the general election campaign, was viewed favorably by 30 percent of respondents, while 36 percent had an unfavorable opinion of him, according to the Voter/Consumer Research poll. Fifty-two percent had a favorable opinion of McConnell, while 33 percent had an unfavorable opinion.

The Voter/Consumer Research poll was conducted Sept. 7-9 and had a 3.3-point margin of error.

Along with trailing in polling numbers, Lunsford is also trailing in the cash race. At the end of June, Lunsford reported $1.3 million in cash on hand with $3.1 million in debt while McConnell reported $9.1 million on hand and no debt.