Kentucky, Florida, & North Carolina

Kentucky: McConnell-Grimes in nail-biter. The latest SurveyUSA Kentucky poll, taken for Louisville’s Courier-Journal and other media, shows Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) rebounding somewhat in the Bluegrass US Senate race. McConnell had 44% to Grimes’ 43%, well within the margin of error. The Real Clear Politics (RCP) average of the last five Kentucky polls gives McConnell a 4.4 point margin. In any case, this one is not yet signed, sealed and delivered.

Florida: GOP cabinet in good shape. Although the big boss, Gov. Rick Scott (R), remains caught in a too-close-to-call contest with former Gov. Charlie Crist (D), the three Republicans who hold Florida’s constitutional offices all look headed for reelection, says a new St. Leo University poll reported in Sunshine State News. State Atty Gen’l Pam Bondi (R) had 47% to 39% for her Democratic foe. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater (R) leads his opponent (D) by 50% to 35%. And Agriculture Adam Putnam (R) had 51% to 35% for the Democratic nominee.

North Carolina: Tillis debates an empty chair. Although US Sen. Kay Hagan (D) had stated last summer that she would only participate in three debates, Republicans pounced on her absence at a fourth debate sponsored by Time Warner Cable News. “With her campaign in full-panic mode, it’s telling that Sen. Kay Hagan skipped tonight’s debate,” said Tillis campaign manager Jordan Shaw. State GOP chairman Claude Pope, Jr. said Hagan didn’t “show up for work.” The non-debate gave Tillis a full hour of free TV in which he alone answered questions from the media and from voters. Polls show the two candidates in a close race, with Hagan enjoying a 2 point lead in the RCP average of the state’s five recent surveys.