FRANKFORT – Republican Rand Paul and Democrat Daniel Mongiardo hold leads in their May 18 party primary elections for the U.S. Senate, says an independent poll released Tuesday.
Paul, a Bowling Green eye surgeon and son of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, has an 18 percentage point lead with two weeks to go before the election in a poll conducted by Public Policy Polling. It shows Paul leading his closest rival, Secretary of State Trey Grayson, 46 to 28.
“Today’s poll speaks for itself. Rand Paul is winning this race and will go to Washington to fight for our Kentucky values,” said campaign manager David Adams in a statement.
He said the poll comes in the wake of “ludicrous claims by Grayson that this race is tied.”
Grayson’s campaign manager, Nate Hodson, said endorsements this week by U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Louisville and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers of Somerset make the poll numbers “obsolete.”
“Besides, any poll taken on the day of the Kentucky Derby when thousands of Kentuckians were dealing with flash flooding is not credible. We are confident that the plan we are executing will win the poll on May 18.”
Meanwhile, the new poll shows Mongiardo with a 36-27 lead over Attorney General Jack Conway in the Democratic race, although that result is within the poll’s plus or minus 4.6 percent margin of error.
In December, which was its last poll on the Senate race, PPP had Conway ahead of Mongiardo 37-33.
“This race is clear: Daniel Mongiardo represents everyday Kentuckians, while Jack Conway represents wealthy corporate special interests—from utility companies, to Wall Street, to Washington lobbyists,” said Kim Geveden, Mongiardo’s campaign spokesman.
Conway’s campaign had no immediate comment.
The polls surveyed 459 likely Democratic primary voters and 363 likely Republican primary voters in the state on May 1 and 2. The Democratic poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.6 percentage points. The Republican poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 5.1 percentage points.