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McConnell holds 12-point lead over Democratic challenger McGrath: poll

McConnell holds 12-point lead over Democratic challenger McGrath: poll
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats go down to the wire with Manchin Schumer unloads on GOP over elections bill: 'How despicable of a man is Donald Trump?' This week: Senate set for voting rights fight MORE (R-Ky.) holds a 12-point lead over his Democratic challenger, Amy McGrath, less than 50 days out from Election Day, according to a Quinnipiac University survey released on Wednesday.

Fifty-three percent of likely Kentucky voters backed McConnell in the poll, while 41 percent did the same for McGrath. Additionally, 91 percent of likely voters who selected a candidate in the poll said their minds were made up. Nine percent said they may change their minds ahead of the election. 

A Quinnipiac survey released last month showed McConnell leading McGrath by 5 points. 

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However, the most recent survey showed likely voters in the commonwealth having mixed opinions of McConnell. Forty-four percent of respondents said they had a favorable view of him, while 46 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion. Meanwhile, 34 percent said they had a favorable view of McGrath, and 47 said they had an unfavorable opinion. 

McConnell, 78, is running for his seventh term in the upper chamber, where he's been the Republican leader since 2007 and the majority leader since 2015.

His status has made him a prime target for Democrats, who lined up behind McGrath after she narrowly lost to incumbent Republican Rep. Andy BarrAndy BarrUK appeals to Congress in push for trade deal US, Taiwan to discuss trade, investments, Blinken says Taiwan presses US on COVID-19 vaccines MORE in Kentucky's 6th Congressional District. 

McConnell is underperforming President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE in Kentucky. Trump leads Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenMilitary must better understand sexual assaults to combat them The Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population On The Money: Democrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit | White House confident Congress will raise debt ceiling MORE 58 to 38 percent in the commonwealth, which he won by roughly 30 points four years ago. 

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted from Sept. 10 to Sept. 14 among 1,164 self-identified likely voters. The margin of error is 2.9 percentage points.