Democrats tout Kentucky Senate poll showing Lundergan Grimes tied with McConnell

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Partisan polls should always be taken with a grain of salt, however, and this poll appears to skew fairly heavily towards Democrats. 

Fifty percent of those surveyed self-identified as Democrats, while 35 percent said they were Republicans, and 15 percent said they were independents.

While Kentucky has a high number of conservative Democrats who vote for the GOP in federal elections, most polls show self-identified Democrats and Republicans to be at rough parity in the state, making the sample rather skewed. 

On top of that, many of the poll's questions seem designed to attack McConnell.

Most political strategists in both parties say McConnell has an edge in the race. But the group's decision to poll the state, and release its results, seems designed to stir interest in a bid against the Senate minority leader and try to spur Lundergan Grimes to run.

Lundergan Grimes emerged as the leading potential Democratic Senate candidate in Kentucky after actress Ashley Judd decided earlier this year to forgo a campaign. 

The automated poll of 556 Kentucky voters was conducted from May 23-24 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.