McConnell tied in independent poll

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPoll shows Collins displaces McConnell as most unpopular senator Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' Trump says impeachment trial should move 'very quickly' MORE (R-Ky.) is locked in a virtual dead heat with Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford, according to a new poll.

McConnell drew 45 percent to Lunsford’s 44 percent in a Louisville Courier-Journal poll released this past weekend. The poll, conducted Sept. 22-25, has a 3.7 percent margin of error.

Lunsford trailed McConnell by three in a SurveyUSA poll released last week, with the influential Kentucky Republican garnering 49 percent of the vote. A McConnell poll earlier this month showed him up 52-35.

Democrats have sought to knock off the Republican leader this fall, mirroring when John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSenate to vote on Trump's Canada, Mexico trade deal Thursday Senate braces for Trump impeachment trial Republicans face internal brawl over impeachment witnesses MORE (R) defeated Democratic Senate Leader Tom Daschle in South Dakota’s 2004 Senate race.