McConnell has 17-point lead over Democratic challenger McGrath: poll

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocratic senator to party: 'A little message discipline wouldn't kill us' House to vote on resolution affirming peaceful transition of power Republican lawyers brush off Trump's election comments MORE (R-Ky.) is leading his Democratic opponent, Amy McGrath, by a commanding 17 points in a new poll that shows the GOP leader ahead 53 percent to 36 percent.

Eighty-four percent of Republicans polled by Morning Consult said they support McConnell, while 79 percent of Democrats said they back McGrath. Twelve percent of Democrats said they also support McConnell.

The GOP leader also has more support among independents than McGrath, with 45 percent backing McConnell and 33 percent favoring McGrath.

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The survey of 700 likely voters in Kentucky, reported on by the Louisville Courier Journal, was conducted online from July 24 to Aug. 2 and had a margin of error of 3.5 percent.

The poll shows McConnell in a much stronger position than a Democratic one published last month by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group showing McConnell ahead of McGrath by only 4 points, 45 percent to 41 percent.

A Civiqs poll from June showed McConnell leading McGrath 53 percent to 33 percent.

McGrath has been a fundraising magnet, bringing in $16.9 million in 2019 and $30.2 million so far this year in a bid to deny McConnell from winning a seventh Senate term.

McConnell, by comparison, has raised $37.7 million for his reelection since winning his last race against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in 2014.

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McConnell has touted his ability to deliver federal resources for Kentucky, including in the $2.2 trillion CARES Act passed in March, which he says helps the state “punch above its weight.”

He has also pitched himself to voters as someone who has been instrumental to implementing President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE's agenda by helping pass tax reform in 2017 and confirm Justices Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchTrump plans to pick Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ginsburg on court Abortion stirs GOP tensions in Supreme Court fight Poll: 59 percent think president elected in November should name next Supreme Court justice MORE and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughTrump plans to pick Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ginsburg on court Collins trails challenger by 4 points in Maine Senate race: poll SCOTUS confirmation in the last month of a close election? Ugly MORE to the Supreme Court.

The new Morning Consult poll shows Trump with a huge lead over former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida MORE in Kentucky, 59 percent to 35 percent.

The Louisville Courier Journal, however, noted that Trump’s lead is smaller than his 30-point margin of victory over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida Hillicon Valley: Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top concerns amid pandemic | Facebook critics launch alternative oversight board | Google to temporarily bar election ads after polls close Trump pledges to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, designate KKK a terrorist group in pitch to Black voters MORE in the 2016 presidential election.