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McConnell Campaign Blames Obama for Recent Poll

Numbers recently released by Public Policy Polling show Senator Mitch McConnell in a possibly tight reelection race in 2014. The poll showed Kentucky's senior senator, first elected in 1984, leading three possible challengers by just four percentage points. Those challengers included actress Ashley Judd.

The McConnell campaign doesn't buy the poll results and in an email blast, blamed President Obama for the numbers:

Barack Obama and his allies told us what they were going to do. They think if they can manufacture a difficult re-election for Senator McConnell back home in Kentucky then they can push our Leader around in Washington.

Yesterday, they fired the first shot.

The partisan PPP polling company, which has been used as a tool for Obama Democrats to manufacture circumstances that don’t exist all across the country, descended upon Kentucky to proclaim that Senator McConnell has a 37% approval rating. The poll is laughable. But, the liberal press is gobbling it right up.

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On the first day of Republican Campaign Manager School, they teach us to ignore PPP polls. You see, PPP is a partisan Democrat polling firm, and they make their living giving the Democrat Party numbers they want to see.

And, I have no doubt the White House was thrilled to see these numbers as they try to ram through tax hikes, unlimited debt and a more new “stimulus” in the fiscal cliff negotiations.

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Cooked polls are certainly only the start of the liberals’ plans. They will throw the kitchen sink at us. This poll is just the tip of iceberg , and Leader McConnell needs your help. Please help with a contribution of $50, $100, $250 or even $500 today.

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P.S. Barack Obama has placed a huge target squarely on Sen. McConnell’s back. As he fights fight for you, we need your generous support to fight off his attacks. Please consider a contribution of $50, $100, $250 or even $500 today.

That letter was signed by McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton. LEO Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Louisville, asked the polling firm for comment and they got one:

Jesse Benton himself knows well that the last time we produced a surprising poll in Kentucky it was right on the mark- and that time it was to his benefit. In December 2009 we came out and said Rand Paul had a 19 point lead over Trey Grayson in the primary. That was an unexpected result at that point in the campaign and Grayson/McConnell’s people attacked the heck out of us for several days just as they’re doing now. I think that finding held up pretty well.

Read LEO's analysis of the poll and McConnell's response: LEO Weekly

PHOTO: Ashley Judd & Mitch McConnell