Polls Show 'Dead Heat.' We're Oh, So Close To Getting Rid Of Mitch McConnell
October 21, 2014

First of all, I don't give a flying fuck about Allison Grimes refusing to say who she voted for, or for running that awful ad saying she'd never vote to fund immigration. Yes, it was stupid, and it was pandering. Oh well! Candidates do a lot of stupid shit when they see victory within reach -- and don't forget, this IS Kentucky, not Massachussetts. Yes, she's probably a blue dog. I don't care. Because we are so, so close to kicking the ass of the architect of the Grand Obstruction Plan, and it would be a very good message to send.

Imagine how good it will feel to wake up the day after the election to find we've kicked Yertle the Turtle to the curb.

And we don't want to lose control of the Senate. None of that crap about how "we need to teach the Dems a lesson" -- you're talking about actual policies that affect your friends and family. We need that backstop against the excesses of the right wing, and we need every damn vote we can get.

Via Campaign for America's Future, here's what we have to look forward to if the Republicans take the Senate:

Republicans have made big promises to their ultra-wealthy financial backers. If they retake the Senate, they will cut ‘entitlements’ and pass the savings on to the 1%.

  • Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, who would become chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, proposed legislation to raise the retirement age to 70 and supported President Bush's plans to privatize the system.
  • Representative Bill Cassidy, who hopes to replace Mary Landrieu as senator from Louisiana, has pledged to raise the retirement age to 70 and turn Medicare into a voucher program.
  • Senators Ron Johnson and Ted Cruz both refer to Social Security as a "Giant Ponzi Scheme." Cruz went further, going on the record with the Texas Tribune for privatization. As Texas solicitor general, he even sued the federal government to strike down Medicare's prescription benefit.
  • Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona said he'd prefer "savings in entitlement programs rather than defense spending."

In order to win, Alison needs money. It's that simple. Most people don't pay close attention to a race until the last two weeks, and they're going to vote based on commercials. I wish it wasn't that way, but it is. So get out your plastic, because we need to make sure she wins. Even $5 will help, so click here to donate.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes are in a virtual dead heat just 15 days before voters will go to the polls, according to the latest Bluegrass Poll.

The poll found that McConnell leads by the narrowest of margins, pulling ahead 44-43 among likely voters. That result is well within the poll's margin of error. Libertarian David Patterson gets just 5 percent.

The poll shows that McConnell is in the fight of his political life despite being the most powerful Republican in the Senate and likely to take over as the Senate majority leader if he wins re-election and the GOP can win control of the Senate.

The poll was conducted by SurveyUSA for The Courier-Journal, WHAS-TV, The Lexington Herald-Leader and WKYT-TV, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points. The pollster interviewed 655 likely voters on landlines and using a written questionnaire sent to their mobile devices.

Three weeks ago, Grimes led by 2 points, but in the days following the release of the poll, Grimes garnered wide criticism when she refused to tell The Courier-Journal's editorial board if she voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 or 2012.

"It's moved in Mitch McConnell's direction," said Larry Sabato, the director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, who said that the average of public polls shows McConnell with a clear advantage.

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