LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The latest poll, conducted by Kentucky-based CN/2 and published on its website July 22, indicates far-right Republican senatorial candidate Rand Paul holds a slight lead over Democrat Jack Conway.
Overall, 41% of people said they would vote for Paul, 38% for Conway, and 19% were undecided.
Moderate voters preferred Democrat Conway, 52% to 18%, likely due to Rand Paul’s right-wing extremism.
The poll variation was 3.46 points, so the race is essentially even.
Out of the 803 likely Kentucky voters polled, 618 people were ages 50 and up, while only 28 people under the age of 30 were polled.
Furthermore, only 47% of people find Rand Paul “favorable,” whereas 50% of people find Conway favorable.
More women lean towards voting for Conway, 43%-36%. Men, however, lean towards Paul 47%-33%.
By district, Paul holds a slight lead in every district besides District 3 (Metro Louisville and Jefferson County) and District 6 (Lexington, Richmond, and Frankfort).
A quick interpretation of this data would show that large, urban areas prefer Conway; whereas rural areas favor Paul.
Dr Paul recently came under fire because as it turns out, his certification to practice ophthalmology came from a fictional certification board, the National Board of Ophthalmology, a board that he himself created. He anointed himself as the president of the board. His wife (who isn’t a doctor) is the vice-president.
“When you step back and look at it at arm’s length, the race is up for grabs because the middle is up for grabs,” said Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism at the University of Kentucky and former political writer for the Louisville Courier-Journal.