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Republican nominee and Tea Party favorite Rand Paul has opened a 15-point lead over Democrat Jack Conway in Kentucky's Senate race, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted Aug. 30-Sept. 1 for The Louisville Courier-Journal and WHAS11.

Paul leads Conway, the state's attorney general, by 55 percent to 40 percent, with 5 percent undecided.

Paul is getting far more support from fellow Republicans than Conway is from Democrats and, in a state where some political writers have said many Democrats resemble Republicans, Paul is also attracting a healthy share of voters from that party.

While 82 percent of Republicans support Paul, only 64 percent of Democrats are backing Conway. Paul is taking almost a third of the Democratic vote.
Jack Conway, Rand Paul
Paul leads by 56 percent to 34 percent among independents (10 percent of the sample), with 10 percent undecided.

Paul predictably pulls in 80 percent of the votes of self-described conservatives (46 percent of the sample) while Conway leads by 58 percent to 38 percent among moderates (36 percent of the sample).

Paul holds better than a 2-to-1 lead among male voters while the two candidates divide the women's vote.

Democratic campaign consultant Danny Briscoe told the Courier-Journal that the numbers were "awful" for Conway and that "I just think it's a Republican year in Kentucky."

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bkeelhaul

This poll indicates that those supporting Rand Paul, agree that seniors should take a 50 percent deductible on Medicare. His supporters are also backing his goals on returning the country back to racial segregation. However, expect a lukewarm retraction - a "sorry, I didn't mean that..." Or, "I was misquoted." He has the media spotlight and will retain iu with flip comments designed solely to grab media attention. Such tactics make him a dangerous choice.

October 03 2010 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
thedaisy117

When Rand's dad was running for prez the opposition spread the same lie that he was going to take away social security. In actuality, he said he would not pull the rug out from under people, but he would end the wars and nation building and that would help to keep funding social security. Even though he doesn't believe in the social security system he realizes you can't just remove it cold turkey and would work to implement a better system.

September 06 2010 at 12:35 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
brian05487

Gosh yes lets elect Paul and get rid of social security, too many old people taking out more now than they ever put in. This would be the start, just hope the ones living off social security dont sleep in my garage.

September 06 2010 at 12:19 PM Report abuse -19 rate up rate down Reply
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marieandwoody

Your an idot most of us older floks have been paying in to SS for years and years it the disabled kids and young people who should not be getting it. Immgrants who have never payed into that get to draw on our money. It's the Demorcapts who changed it and added it to the general fund instead of keeping their fingers out of it useing it to pay other things instead of safe guarding it for what it was suppose to be a retirement fund.

September 06 2010 at 3:13 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
brian05487

Wow after Paul wanted Obama to apologize to BP, he is still supported by anyone. That truly is shocking, only thing I can think of is his racist beliefs are alive and well in Kentucky.

September 06 2010 at 12:16 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
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phylliskunz

That Rand Paul wanted President Obama to apologize to BP is outrageous and he is unfit for the senate Jack COnway would best represent us in Ky.

September 08 2010 at 10:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ulldnn

Amazing! the poor selection of canadaites in all states this time around .I don't think things are going to get better. Its like a circus of clowns all spinning their promises that won't be kept.Using well meaning good people to get where the money is. Doesn't matter what party. They are all the same.

September 06 2010 at 12:11 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
jonchcgo38

Obama will be remembered as the worst, most tin earred president ever! He is strictly a party man backed up by the unions. Where would he be without teleprompters--he even uses them when speaking in front of children at their schools! The reason the economy is tanking is because he can't stop spending and he has yet to instill an iota of confidence in his leadership skills--which are woefully lacking. Go back to being a community organizer.

September 06 2010 at 12:07 PM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply
jethess777

Go, Rand, go! Defeat the Dems!

September 06 2010 at 11:55 AM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
gtemplene

The revolution is under way.

September 06 2010 at 11:43 AM Report abuse +20 rate up rate down Reply
kirke

What I don't understand is why the people of Kentucky are drawn in to voting for a person who will vote against their best interest with regards to social security, medicare, health care and other social services which are greatly needed in their state? Obviously, they enjoyed the Bush years, the outsourcing of 8 million jobs, the fall of Wall street, and the lack of interest of the GOP to extend unemployment benefits and medicade benefits for their children. The dems, on thhe other hand,including Conway, have a very poor PR forum and have not repeatedly reminded people that the GOP has the same Victorian agenda that they had during Bush: steal from the poor and middle class and give to the rich, under the pretense it will create more jobs? And, the damnest thing is the people of Kentucky are buying it, hook,line,and sinker!

September 06 2010 at 11:40 AM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
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heinerscar

What Obama's Democrats don't understand is that wealth is not a pile of coins in a bucket where everyone has to try to grab their share, it's something that's created, something made and earned by companies and inventors and workers together, and which is increased for everyone when people cooperate. Taking wealth from one person and giving it to another just makes everyone poorer--redistribution of wealth destroys it. On the other hand, while decrying the "failed policies of the last 8 years," Mr. Obama's team is institutionalizing the failed policies of the last 50-70 years. Educated people in America know there's no free lunch, that government "services" are extremely costly--not free at all--and the people of Kentucky get that too. It's pretty easy, if you just do the math.

September 06 2010 at 12:09 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
enrickue

Please, Kirk, do name a few poor people who employ other people. I'll be waiting for your response. I do support helping the wealthy because it is their money that moves this economy in jobs and purchases. I don't envy them, and I have a very hard time understanding how and why democrats despise the wealthy. In that regard, do you despise your own politicians too, for they are also rich? And as for the healthcare "idea" goes, do you know that all these do-good politicians EXEMPTED themselves from this LIFESAVING healthcare "idea?" Do you also know that the elderly will actually receive LESS healthcare under the new rules established in order to save that money the dems were campaigning about? The healthcare chief, Donald Berwick proudly proclaims to this very idea which is the model of the British Healthcare system. Did you know that as well?

September 06 2010 at 4:06 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
border72

the republicans could very well win the majority again. i voted in a primary last week. i had to try three times to get the software to come up. think about it. computer software can be programmed to count more votes for one party over the other.

September 06 2010 at 11:37 AM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply
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dvdlps221

If they get in they will surely continue where they left off and will further run the country into the ground. Both parties will spend but the the Dems want to spend on things that help everyone and the Reps want to only spend on the rich and big business

September 06 2010 at 8:12 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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