Poll: Kentucky Senate race tied

New numbers from Public Policy Polling on the Kentucky Senate race show Republican Rand Paul and Democrat Jack Conway in a tie — each candidate has 43 percent of the vote. 

Pollster Tom Jensen says the latest numbers suggest Paul’s national press attention has hurt him with voters in the state. The poll found 38 percent of voters said it made them less likely to support him in November, while 29 percent said it made them more likely to do so. Another 33 percent said it made no difference. 

Paul’s favorables have also taken a hit. Just 34 percent of respondents view him favorably, compared to 42 percent who have an unfavorable view of the Republican nominee.

“The Kentucky Senate race may end up being decided by whether voters in the state find Barack Obama or Rand Paul more unpalatable — it should be a close one,” said Jensen.

In an interview on CNN’s “John King, USA” Monday, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said his son was getting a bad rap from the press.

“I guess I didn’t warn him enough or prepare him enough,” Paul said. “That’s what this political stuff is all about. You can expect it. Especially after you win a primary and beat the establishment.”