Loose Ends: Another Kentucky candidate upgrades his website; And a look at Louisville poll results

08/04/2010 09:23 AM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway is getting an online campaign face-lift with a new website that debuted today.

Jack Conway's new campaign website launched Aug. 4, 2010.

The website takes on a dark blue shade in the background, while adding Facebook and Twitter feeds from the campaign and embedding them directly on the homepage.

Conway is the latest of Kentucky politicians who have decided to sharpen their Internet presence. This summer, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell jumped into the social networking world with a new Facebook page and YouTube account, as the Herald-Leader reported.

Over the weekend, Conway’s opponent, Republican candidate Rand Paul, held a “friend bomb” on Facebook, hoping to gather over 100,000 “fans” of his page.

The design for Jack Conway's old campaign website.

The social media additions, including the remodeling of websites (McConnell also re-did his website), is just on-going proof of how social media is changing Kentucky campaigns, as reported this week by cn|2 Politics.

Heiner pulls more Democrats than the Republicans Fischer attracts

A Courier-Journal/WHAS 11 Bluegrass Poll released Monday shows the two candidates — Greg Fischer, the Democrat, and Hal Heiner, the Republican — tied with three months left until the Nov. 2 election.

And while the campaigns say poll’s results aren’t a surprise to either candidate, the cross-tabs posted by the Courier-Journal show some interesting early trends in the race. Notably, 21% of respondents who identify themselves as Democrats said they are likely to vote for Heiner, the Republican. Only 10 percent of Republicans said they would vote for Fischer. At the same time, Heiner has heavy Republican support, pulling 84% of Republicans polled.

Heiner, who has constantly maintained he is running his own race, also polled highly with those who identify themselves as being conservative (78%) and with those who are favorable to the tea party movement (78%). Those who said they were neutral to the tea party movement tended to lean toward Heiner (56%) compared to 39% for Fischer.

Fischer, meanwhile, out-polled Heiner when it came to moderates, 59% to 30% and liberals, with 72%. When it came to tea party support, 77% of those who see the movement as unfavorable said they would vote for Fischer. Also, 65% of those who hold no opinion of the tea party movement said they would vote for Fischer.

The SurveyUSA poll was conducted July 29 to Aug. 1.

- Kenny Colston

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