New Poll has McConnell with double digit lead over Dem challenger Amy McGrath

Senate Majority leader is ahead of his rival Amy McGrath by a large margin in what is expected to be one of the most expensive Senate races this year.

Louisiana Courier Journal reports a new survey by independent polling firm Morning Consult shows Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with a commanding lead in his bid for a seventh term in Kentucky, leading 53%-36% over his Democratic challenger, Amy McGrath.

About 700 likely voters in Kentucky were surveyed online from July 24 to Aug. 2 by Morning Consult, whose results have a margin of error of +/- 3.5%.

The race between McConnell and McGrath is expected to be one of the most expensive U.S. Senate races in the country this year. Each campaign had more than $16 million in cash on hand at the end of June.

McGrath spent more than $9 million in June alone to pull out a narrow victory in the Democratic primary over underdog Charles Booker, whose campaign surged in the final month by portraying him as a more authentic and progressive Democrat.

The poll showed McGrath still has work to do in consolidating support among Booker voters and other Kentucky Democrats, with 79% supporting her, 12% supporting McConnell and 6% indicating they will vote for someone else.

McConnell had the support of 84% of Republicans surveyed, and independents favored the senator 45%-33% over McGrath.

More than 6% of the likely voters surveyed indicated they would vote for someone besides McConnell and McGrath, and nearly 6% are still undecided.

While a survey two weeks ago from the internal pollster of McGrath’s campaign showed McConnell leading by only 4 percentage points, two other polls since June found McConnell up by at least 20 percentage points.

A survey in mid-June by Oakland, California-based pollster Civiqs and commissioned by progressive think tank Data for Progress found McConnell leading McGrath 53%-33%.