The Chatter: Poll shows Grimes up by 1; McConnell's aide Josh Holmes moves to NRSC

08/01/2013 01:54 PM

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is slightly ahead of Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell in a new poll conducted for two liberal groups.

Politico first reported the results of the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling survey. According to the poll of 1,200 Kentucky voters, Grimes led McConnell, 45-44 percent, and 11 percent were undecided. The survey has a margin of error of 2.8 percent.

Politico first reported the results but the full poll is expected to be released later Thursday.

The survey was conducted for liberal groups Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy For America.

But McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton says the poll is just another trick from Democrats.

“George Soros and the Obama Allies are up to their same old tricks,” Benton said in a statement to Pure Politics. “They have concocted another fictitious poll that has no basis in reality, held it for ten days, and released it at the perfect time in the news cycle to help their upstart liberal candidate. This poll has zero credibility and should be ignored out of hand.”

McConnell chief of staff Josh Holmes to NRSC
Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s chief of staff is stepping down from his position to play dual roles as fundraiser for the National Senatorial Campaign Committee while also working on McConnell’s re-election campaign.

Politico first learned of Holmes move to the NRSC.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee issued a statement on the switch, saying McConnell is sending Holmes to save his campaign and the NRSC.

“On the heels of a new poll showing him losing, Mitch McConnell is so panicked about his own reelection that he is sending his chief of staff over to his campaign,” Guy Cecil, Executive Director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said in the statement. “McConnell’s move comes as his tea party opponent gains national momentum and his Republican colleagues have begun to threaten his leadership. After nearly three decades of perpetrating Washington’s partisan dysfunction, everything is crumbling for Mitch McConnell.”

Holmes has left McConnell’s office to work on campaigns in Kentucky twice before in 2008 and 2010. Holmes is expected to return to his position as chief of staff after the election, Politico’s Manu Raju reported.

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