Some Republicans can flip poll results once they get names and message out, Grayson says

06/13/2011 07:58 AM

Four years ago, Trey Grayson’s first poll of the general election season showed him trailing a virtually unknown Democratic challenger even though Grayson had been the secretary of state for four years and was running for a second term.

“I ended up winning that race pretty comfortably because I was able to talk about my record as secretary of state and what I wanted to do in a second term, and he didn’t have the resources to do that,” Grayson said on Friday’s edition of Pure Politics. He was speaking of his 2007 Democratic challenger, Bruce Hendrickson.

Grayson, the former secretary of state who now serves as director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, said the race for attorney general could be particularly exciting.

He said for Democratic incumbent Jack Conway, the backlash from his “Aqua Buddha” ad in last year’s U.S. Senate race has likely “faded away a little bit.”

But he said even though Conway has a 26-point lead in last week’s cn|2 poll, Republican challenger Todd P’Pool has a path to unseat him, especially if Conway doesn’t kick up his re=election energy.

“This race hasn’t really started yet. I think Todd’s supporters and initial backers would expect him to be down by a significant amount,” he said, starting at the 2:38 mark.

“Todd is a lot more energized than Jack is … If he doesn’t step it up, Todd can make this thing a big fight,” Grayson said.

Grayson also talks about how the auditor, agriculture commissioner, secretary of state and treasurer’s races are shaping up as well:


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