Only 17 percent plan to vote for Mitch McConnell


Mitch McConnell (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

A new Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll finds fairly brutal numbers for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R).

Only 17 percent of registered voters in Kentucky say they will vote for him in 2014, including only 34 percent of Republicans. Thirty-four percent of voters plan to oppose him, 44 percent want to see their other options, and 6 percent are not sure. 

That doesn't mean that McConnell is in serious danger. He's a savvy politician who has already started campaigning. He hired a former top aide to Ron Paul and has been reaching out to tea party activists.

McConnell also lacks a formidable Democratic challenger. Actress Ashley Judd continues to make noise about getting in the race, but she's likely too liberal and too inexperienced to be a strong candidate here. Attorney General Jack Conway and Rep. John Yarmuth have both passed.

Right now Democrats seem to be pinning their hopes on a conservative challenge that will make the senior senator more vulnerable -- hopes that will only be bolstered by this poll.

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