Louisville, Ky. (CBS DC) — Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has recaptured the lead over Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race.

According to the newest Bluegrass Poll, Grimes leads McConnell 46 percent to 44 percent in the poll of 632 likely voters, with 7 percent remaining undecided and Libertarian David Patterson pulling in 3 percent of the vote.

The poll indicates that Grimes is making large strides in rural parts of the Bluegrass state, where in August she trailed the 30-year incumbent by more than 20 points. Her lead in the state’s largest city, Louisville, has expanded in addition to shrinking deficits in Western and Eastern portions of the state.

The Sept. 29-Oct. 2 poll from SurveyUSA for the Herald-Ledger and WKYT-TV in Lexington and the Courier-Journal and WHAS-TV in Louisville shows Grimes’ appeal has expanded across the board, aside from a slight two-point shrink in north-central parts of the state.

When asked which political party should control the Senate after the midterm elections, registered Kentucky voters chose Republicans over Democrats by a margin of 47 to 42 percent, with 11 percent remaining undecided.

McConnell’s dismal favorable ratings continue, with 35 percent saying they view him favorably and nearly half (48 percent) saying they view him unfavorably. McConnell is Kentucky’s longest-serving U.S. senator in history.

Grimes is viewed favorably by 40 percent of voters and unfavorably by 39 percent, a slightly positive uptick from last month.

President Barack Obama remains vastly unpopular in Kentucky, with 29 percent viewing him favorably and more than half (55 percent) viewing him unfavorably. Forty-nine percent of voters agreed when asked whether “Alison Lundergan Grimes will simply vote for President Barack Obama’s agenda and Kentucky needs someone who would stand up to the president,” but 37 percent disagreed and 14 percent were undecided.

Fifty-seven percent of respondents agreed with the statement: “Mitch McConnell has been in office for 30 years and it’s time for him to be replaced by someone else.”


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