Pensions and gambling shade senate race in Lexington, which cn|2 poll shows close

10/04/2010 07:13 PM

The race between Republican State Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr and former Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins has gotten heated as the two have traded barbs over their respective pensions and whether to approve expanded gambling.

The latest cn|2 Poll taken late last week shows Blevins has a slight lead over Kerr, 44.5% to 39.9% in the Republican leaning district heading into the final weeks of the election. Here’s an overview of the race:

About 15% of likely voters surveyed in the cn|2 Poll say they have yet to make up their minds. The cn|2 Poll of 453 voters was taken Sept. 29 and 30 by interviewers from Braun Research. It has a margin of error of 4.61 points. Click here to view the details and crosstabs of the poll.

Kerr downplayed the poll results and predicted victory in the election.

“The only poll that matters is the poll that will be taken on November 2,” she said Monday. “We are running an aggressive campaign and are confident that we will win on November 2.”

Blevins said his internal polling from August showed him ahead.

“These poll results confirm that — even though Alice Kerr has resorted to gutter politics,” he said.

Blevins was referring to a direct mail piece that hit homes in the 12th district over the weekend.

It accuses Blevins of “double dipping” and “retiring early to swindle the government.” It also mentions that he helped get his son, Don Blevins Jr., appointed to replace him as Fayette County Clerk after his retirement.

- Don Weber

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at


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