CT-Sen, CT-Gov: Four Polls With Double Digit Leads

Public Policy Polling (9/30-10/2, likely voters, 1/4-5 in parentheses, gubernatorial numbers here):

Richard Blumenthal (D): 53 (60)

Linda McMahon (R): 41 (28)

Undecided: 7 (12)

Dan Malloy (D): 50 (37)

Tom Foley (R): 40 (27)

Undecided: 10 (36)

(MoE: ±3.4%)

There’s probably some wrestling term for having seven knockout blows (if you count today’s Rasmussen and yesterday’s “Fox”) landed on you in one flurry, but rather than look it up, I’m just going to quote Nate Silver‘s most recent tweet instead of having a long, thoughtful writeup:

Can. We. Please. Stop. Pretending. That. Connecticut. Is. A. Toss. Up.

Opinion Research for CNN/Time (10/1-5, likely voters, no trendlines):

Richard Blumenthal (D): 54

Linda McMahon (R): 41

Undecided: 2

Dan Malloy (D): 50

Tom Foley (R): 42

Undecided: 2

(MoE: ±3.5%)

CNN/Time offers registered voter numbers too, and Dems are even more dominant there: Blumenthal leads 56-37, and Malloy leads 52-39. LVs approve of Obama 46-49 (compared with RVs approving 52-42).

Merriman River Group for CT Politics Report (10/3, likely voters, no trendlines, gubernatorial numbers here):

Richard Blumenthal (D): 52

Linda McMahon (R): 45

Undecided: 3

Dan Malloy (D): 48

Tom Foley (R): 45

Undecided: 8

(MoE: ±2.4%)

This poll from Merriman is the weakest link among the public polls, but even it’s not too weak. As if all that weren’t enough, we have two different internal polls of the Senate race out, from both the Blumenthal campaign and from the DSCC (who just poured $1.5 million more into this race to make sure it’s a done deal… though that might be overkill, given these numbers).

Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for Richard Blumenthal (10/3-4, likely voters, no trendlines):

Richard Blumenthal (D): 53

Linda McMahon (R): 38

Undecided: 9

(MoE: ±4%)

Hamilton Campaigns for DSCC (9/30-10/3, likely voters, no trendlines):

Richard Blumenthal (D): 52

Linda McMahon (R): 41

Undecided: 7

(MoE: ±3.5%)

PA-Sen, PA-Gov: Consistent GOP Leads

Quinnipiac (9/15-19, likely voters, 7/6-11 (using RVs) in parens):

Joe Sestak (D): 43 (43)

Pat Toomey (R): 50 (43)

Undecided: 7 (12)

(MoE: 3.8%)

Quinnipiac (9/15-19, likely voters, 7/6-11 (using RVs) in parens):

Dan Onorato (D): 39 (37)

Tom Corbett (R): 54 (44)

Undecided: 7 (18)

(MoE: 3.8%)

Say what you will about the Pennsylvania Senate race; it’s consistent if nothing else. Quinnipiac’s 7-point Pat Toomey edge is disappointing considering that their last look was tied, but that was using their registered voter model, and that’s actually a less drastic RV/LV shift than we’ve seen in a few other states (like Ohio) from them. And the 7-point Qpac lead is consistent with just about everyone else, who tend to see this race in the 6-to-8 point range for Toomey. (There’s a similar 7-point shift in the Governor’s race, which was already pretty solidly in Tom Corbett’s hands.)

Opinion Research for CNN/Time (9/17-21, likely voters, no trendlines):

Joe Sestak (D): 44

Pat Toomey (R): 49

Undecided: 3

Dan Onorato (D): 44

Tom Corbett (R): 52

Undecided: 2

(MoE: 3.5%)

There’s also been a truckload of other pollsters releasing Keystone State results, perhaps most notably today from CNN/Time. These are LV numbers; as with last week’s wave, they also offer RVs, and they show that a similar-sized enthusiasm gap as the Quinnipiac polls (among RVs, the Sestak/Toomey race is tied 45-45, while Corbett leads 50-45 in the governor’s race — considering those are similar to Quinnipiac’s July RV numbers, this is a verrrry static race).

Critical Insights for the Times-Leader (9/14-16, likely voters, no trendlines):

Joe Sestak (D): 36

Pat Toomey (R): 40

Undecided: 24

Dan Onorato (D): 37

Tom Corbett (R): 38

Undecided: 25

(MoE: 4%)

MuniciPoll for PoliticsPA (9/15-16, likely voters, no trendlines):

Joe Sestak (D): 36

Pat Toomey (R): 45

Undecided: 19

(MoE: 3.2%)

Finally, two other polls from first-time pollsters round out the pile, with MuniciPoll giving a slightly more pessimistic look and Critical Insights giving probably the best-looking numbers we’ve seen in either race in a while, including a probably-too-good-to-be true 1-point lead for Tom Corbett in the gubernatorial race.

Any wonder what’s behind the GOP dominance here? Well, aside from the obvious stuff about the nature of the year, Pennsylvania’s swing state status and clockwork 8-year gubernatorial flips, and so on, there’s also the money story. In the Senate race, it’s been all Toomey so far, with 72% of the ads running in the state’s two biggest markets (Philadelphia and Pittsburgh) being GOP spots so far. Sestak’s only starting to engage the Philly market this week, so we’ll see if his powder-saving/late-salvo strategy is anywhere near as effective in the general as it was in the primary. And in the somewhat-sleepier and less ad-saturated gubernatorial race, Tom Corbett is winning the money battle, holding $7.7 CoH in his report last week compared with $3.4 million for Dan Onorato.

OH-Gov, OH-Sen: The Suckeye State

Quinnipiac (9/9-14, likely voters, 6/22-27 (RVs) in parens):

Ted Strickland (D-inc): 37 (43)

John Kasich (R): 54 (38)

Undecided: 7 (15)

(MoE: ±3.6%)

Quinnipiac (9/9-14, likely voters, 6/22-27 (RVs) in parens):

Lee Fisher (D): 35 (42)

Rob Portman (R): 55 (40)

Undecided: 9 (17)

(MoE: ±3.6%)

Given that every other pollster has seen a very bumpy ride for Democrats as they make the transition from a registered voter model to a likely voter model, I was already expecting a steep drop for the Dems in Quinnipiac’s Ohio polling (they’re the last of the major pollsters to make the switch to LVs). But, dang, that is one unbelievably steep drop, not consistent with the 5-point-ish RV-to-LV difference seen elsewhere (including Qpac’s Connecticut polling this week, or PPP’s latest round of Ohio polling). Take the Senate race, for example: I have absolutely zero doubt that Lee Fisher is trailing in reality, and probably by at least 10, but the 20-point reversal plus these favorables suggest a decidedly GOP-ish sample (Fisher 29/36, Portman 44/20, and Obama 38/60).

SurveyUSA for WCMH (9/10-13, likely voters, no trendlines):

Ted Strickland (D-inc): 40

John Kasich (R): 52

Other: 5

Undecided: 3

Lee Fisher (D): 40

Rob Portman (R): 49

Other: 7

Undecided: 4

(MoE: ±4%)

Opinion Research for CNN/Time (9/16, likely voters, no trendlines):

Ted Strickland (D-inc): 44

John Kasich (R): 51

Undecided: 1

Lee Fisher (D): 41

Rob Portman (R): 52

Undecided: 2

(MoE: ±3.5%)

I hate to be that guy who cherrypicks polls, but SurveyUSA and particularly CNN/Time’s polls seem more plausible here. Neither of them have trendlines, but CNN/Time is instructive because it looks at an RV model as well as an LV model. Among registered voters, they find Kasich leading 49-46 (a 4-point variance from the LV model) and Portman leading 49-42 (a 3-point variance). That’s much more consistent with usual enthusiasm gap findings, so it’s a good bet to assume that the Republicans are “only” leading in the 7-11 point range. Yay!

Well, Ted Strickland knows how to fight back. He rolled out an internal poll showing a 3-point lead… for John Kasich?!? (It’s from the Feldman Group, and the toplines are 48-45). Given the Raul Labrador rule, and on top of that, the fact that Strickland is the incumbent, that internal poll doesn’t leave me feeling any more confident than before. The Strickland camp is rolling out two new ads and is also benefiting from a huge AFL-CIO direct mail blitz on their behalf, but given the national climate, it looks like money alone isn’t going to fix these races.

SSP Daily Digest: 9/16

AR-Sen: Mason-Dixon takes another look at the Arkansas Senate race, on behalf of Arkansas News Bureau. Blanche Lincoln hasn’t gotten any deader than she was before: she trails John Boozman 51-34, with 4 for other minor candidates (no real change from the last time they polled, back in May pre-primary, where Boozman led 52-35). Lincoln’s faves have improved a smidge: now 30/47, instead of 28/53.

DE-Sen: Whooo, where even to begin? The national media is just starting to dig into Christine O’Donnell’s gigantic and eminently mineable opposition file, with NPR and ABC detailing her history of getting fired from right-wing think tanks and her suing for discrimination in response, of IRS audits that she blamed on “thug politics” and liens that she blamed on “computer errors,” of failure to pay for her college, and of using her campaign money to pay the rent on her house as it’s also her campaign headquarters. We also know about her stance on AIDS prevention, thanks to helpful tipsters in the comments. At least O’Donnell’s faring well in the fundraising department, raising $1 million since her victory (with Chris Coons raising only $125K, showing the harmful effects of a short-of-the-endzone victory dance). Not leaving things to chance, reports are coming in that Joe Biden will campaign for Coons “next week” and that the DSCC is starting to put money into Delaware, starting with an $85K buy in the Salisbury market.

The establishment isn’t budging much on her: the state’s virulently anti-O’Donnell GOP chair, Tom Ross, is staying in place (though calling for “unity”), and Karl Rove, although he sorta backed down in the face of a Rush Limbaugh broadside, is still challenging O’Donnell to be “honest” to voters about her difficulties… and again running through the list of all those difficulties in his media appearances. Meanwhile, O’Donnell strips…. her website, perhaps at the urging of the NRSC; after her nomination, all issues stuff vanished and it just became a donation ask. Still, Harry Reid seems to be doing all he can to fuck this up, issuing a strange quote that should play right into the whole “Obama/Reid/Pelosi agenda!!1!” messaging, expressing enthusiasm for Chris Coons but calling him his “pet.”

NV-Sen, NV-Gov (pdf): Part of the CNN/Time onslaught yesterday was polls of Nevada (which we’re relegating to the digest, as this state, as we’ve complained before, is veering rapidly into over-polled territory). This raised some eyebrows for showing a Sharron Angle lead over Harry Reid (42-41, with 5 for Scott Ashjian) among LVs, but that’s only a point or three off from the narrow band of results that Mason-Dixon and Rasmussen have been consistently generating. (Reid leads 42-34-7 among RVs.) Many people (starting with Jon Ralston) also seemed surprised by some crosstabs weirdness, showing the race a dead heat in Democratic-favorable Clark County but giving Reid a big lead in swingy Washoe County. Brian Sandoval leads Rory Reid 58-31 in the Gov race.

CA-Gov: It’s official: Meg Whitman is now the biggest self-funder in political history, having shown that piker Michael Bloomberg how it’s done. She gave her campaign another $15 million, which brings her personal spending on the race to $118 million overall.

CO-Gov: Dan Maes just picked up Scott McInnis’s former campaign manager, George Culpepper, so it seems like the local GOP establishment isn’t totally abandoning him. The Colorado Independent has an in-depth piece, though, with a more nuanced look, based on interviews with at least a dozen county GOP chairs. Some of them fully back Maes, some grudgingly do so, some back Tom Tancredo, and some are still in a state of shock.

GA-Gov: After doing some pushback yesterday, Nathan “Let’s Make a” Deal had to admit today that, yes, he is in some personally dire financial straits, saying his debts are even bigger than the $2.3 million loan that’s outstanding… but also saying that he isn’t releasing any more financial records to the press. It also turns out that he never disclosed that loan to the state Ethics Commission on his financial disclosure form, which he’s now scrambling to update.

MI-Gov: EPIC-MRA’s out with yet another poll of the Michigan gubernatorial race; I think we can start relegating their frequent polls of this pretty-much-out-of-reach race to the digest, too. They give Rick Snyder a 53-29 lead over Virg Bernero (a slight improvement for Snyder over 51-29 three weeks ago).

UT-Gov: OK, what kind of a world is it when we’re faring better in the Utah governor’s race than we are in Michigan? Not like this is a competitive race either, but it could be a good dress rehearsal for a 2012 rematch (remember that this 2010 race is a special election). Dem Peter Corroon trails Gary Herbert by “only” 21 points, 52-31, in a poll taken by Dan Jones & Associates for the Deseret News and KSL. The numbers haven’t really changed since their previous poll in April (where Herbert led by 20).

CA-11: As with 2008, Jerry McNerney rolled out endorsements from some local elected Republicans, as part of a list of 16 county supervisors and mayors who are backing him. Maybe most notable is the backing from the mayor of Manteca (or, in Spanish, Lard), Willie Weatherford, who had previously backed GOP primary loser Brad Goehring.

CO-03: Here’s a boost for John Salazar, in a suddenly-tough race in this rural western district against Republican Scott Tipton: he got the backing of the National Rifle Association, with an “A” rating.

IA-02: Another warning sign for David Loebsack: the Mariannette Miller-Meeks campaign is out with another internal poll, showing her creeping closer than her previous one. The Tarrance Group poll has her trailing Loebsack by only 1 point: 41-40 (with 6 for a Libertarian). She could do some damage her with more money.

LA-02: Lawyer Ron Austin dropped out of the LA-02 race today, where he was an independent candidate. This is really the first I’d ever heard of him, so I can’t imagine he’d have been much of a factor here; I can’t glean whether he was running on the left or the right, but he is African-American, so that in itself may shift at least a handful of votes in Cedric Richmond’s direction in what may yet turn out to be a close race. Two other no-name indies remain.

MD-01: One other internal poll got leaked to the Fix today, too, and this one’s a pleasant surprise for the Dems. Frank Kratovil is still claiming a lead over Andy Harris, who just won the GOP nod for a rematch. Kratovil’s poll by Garin-Hart-Yang gives him a 45-39 lead. (When I say “still,” Kratovil released an earlier internal with a 5-point lead. Harris has released two internals of his own giving him a lead.)

MO-04: Here’s the good news: Ike Skelton got a shared endorsement from Missouri Right to Life, along with GOP challenger Vicky Hartzler. The bad news is: Skelton has generally had that endorsement to himself in the past.

NY-14: Give Reshma Saujani credit for one thing: she’s persistent. She’s already announced that she’ll try again in 2012 to unseat Carolyn Maloney in the NY-14 Dem primary.

NY-23: Local teabaggers (or at least one of them) sound pretty upset with Conservative nominee (and GOP primary loser) Doug Hoffman, meaning that he, rather than the GOP nominee, may find himself in the third-wheel position this time around. Mark Barie, chairman of a local Tea Party organization criticized Hoffman for a listless campaign run by outsiders with little familiarity with the district. He threw his support behind Matt Doheny, who appears to have narrowly won the GOP primary despite a late close by Hoffman in late counting.

CfG: The Club for Growth launched a five-state buy in Senate races, to a total tune of $1.5 million (no word on specific allocation). The states under assault are Colorado, Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

NRCC: Two different rounds of TV ad buys came from the NRCC today. The first one was in WA-03 ($900K) and NM-01 ($300K), and a second one covers PA-10 ($595K), NH-01 ($1 mil), NH-02 ($1 mil), FL-08 ($817K), FL-24 ($817K), and VA-09 ($?).


CA-Sen: Barbara Boxer goes negative against Carly Fiorina in a new spot, hitting her on (what else?) her failed tenure at HP

MO-Sen: A new spot against Roy Blunt from Dem group Commonsense Ten (never heard of ’em, either) hits his consummate insider credentials

PA-Sen: Yet another ad from Pat Toomey, this one featuring an oppressed doctor who doesn’t like HCR (who just happens to be a big Republican activist too, not the ad says that)

WA-Sen: Dino Rossi’s first negative ad features him personally narrating an attack on Patty Murray (instead of using the off-camera voice of doom); he calls her “part of the problem”

NV-Sen: Harry Reid’s newest TV spot, by way of fighting back against Angle’s attacks on immigration issues, just goes ahead and says it: it calls Sharron Angle “crazy”

NY-Gov: Andrew Cuomo doesn’t want to leave anything to chance despite his big lead (he has the money to burn, at any rate), and he’s out with a new bio ad (not that he needs much introduction)

PA-Gov: Dan Onorato tries introducing himself to Pennsylvania again, this time with a shorter 30-second ad that helpfully lets people know how to pronounce his name

TX-Gov: Even Rick Perry’s going negative: three different ads go after Bill White, two trying to tie him to Barack Obama and one attacking his handling of Hurricane Rita

VT-Gov: The RGA wades into Vermont with a negative ad against Peter Shumlin, hitting him on taxes

CT-04: Jim Himes has not one but two new ads, stressing his independence and debt hawkishness

KS-03: Stephene Moore’s first ad plays up her day job as a nurse

ND-AL: Earl Pomeroy has two different anti-Rick Berg ads, one of which focuses on his crazy plans to drill for oil in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

NH-02: Ann McLane Kuster (who’s now rebranded herself as “Annie Kuster”) goes negative on Charlie Bass in her first ad, framing him as failed retread

NY-20: Scott Murphy’s newest spot focuses on his own personal record of job creation as businessman before entering Congress

TX-17: Chet Edwards is out with a positive ad, touting his work on veteran’s issues like VA health care

WA-02: John Koster tries to cram both a negative ad and a positive ad into a discordant 30 seconds

WI-07: Sean Duffy plays up his lumberjack credentials, saying he’ll “take an ax” to Washington (I’ll admit, that’s kinda clever)


CO-Sen: Michael Bennet (D-inc) 45%, Ken Buck (R) 49%

DE-Sen: Chris Coons (D) 53%, Christine O’Donnell (R) 42%

NH-Sen: Paul Hodes (D) 44%, Kelly Ayotte (R) 51%

NV-Gov: Rory Reid (D) 39%, Brian Sandoval (R) 52%

PA-Gov: Dan Onorato (D) 39%, Tom Corbett (R) 49%

WA-Sen: Patty Murray (D-inc) 51%, Dino Rossi (R) 46%

WA-Sen: Murray Leads By 9 (Again)

Opinion Research Corp. for CNN/Time (pdf) (9/2-7, likely voters, no trendlines):

Patty Murray (D-inc): 53

Dino Rossi (R): 44

Undecided: 1

(MoE: ±3.5%)

I’ll admit that, as big a backer of the Elway Poll as I am, even I thought their Monday poll of Washington’s Senate race, giving Patty Murray a 9-point lead was maybe a few points too optimistic. Oh, me of little faith, because today CNN/Time is out with a poll that pretty well confirms it, giving Murray another 9-point spread and finding her all the way up at 53. That’s with a staggering 1% undecided with a month and a half to go — talk about two well-defined candidates! (The missing 2% responded either “Other” or “Neither.”)

Note that this batch of CNN polls switches to a likely voter model (instead of the strange decision with last week’s wave to do only registered voters)… and the LV model actually benefits Murray, which seems weird, but also indicative of Washington’s solidly blue status: Murray leads Rossi 50-44 among RVs. Rossi gets 95% of Republicans, while Murray gets 93% of Democrats — and there are simply more (self-identified, since there’s no party registration) Democrats in Washington. Murray polls 66% in King County, and leads by 5 in suburban Puget Sound, while Rossi leads by 20 in the rest of the state.

FL-Gov, FL-Sen: Things Looking Up for Sink, Rubio

Opinion Research Corp. for CNN/Time (pdf) (9/2-7, registered voters, no trendlines):

Alex Sink (D): 49

Rick Scott (R): 42

Undecided: 3

Kendrick Meek (D): 24

Marco Rubio (R): 36

Charlie Crist (I): 34

Undecided: 3

(MoE: ±3.5%)

We’re clearing the decks with a couple Florida polls from late last week, including the Sunshine State portion of those CNN polls that seemed to have mostly good news for Dems, although that may have been largely by virtue of their use of a registered-voter model. Here, they find Alex Sink with a pretty convincing lead over Rick Scott. Sink has to be helped on an ongoing basis by Bill McCollum, who keeps popping up every few days just to say “Nope, still not endorsing,” thumb his nose at Rick Scott, and retreat to his sulking place again.

In the Senate race, it’s been pretty clear ever since Kendrick Meek’s convincing victory over Jeff Greene in the Dem primary that things were going to get rockier for Charlie Crist. The CW seemed to shift almost immediately from “OMG, he’s actually threading the needle” to “uh oh, he’s gonna lose.” This poll’s a case in point: Crist isn’t going to win with Meek polling in the 20s, as Meek’s pulling away too many of the Dems that Crist needs to pull off his feat. Nevertheless, Crist is still forging ahead, out with two new ads, looking resplendently tan on the beach and saying he’s drawing a “line in the sand” (presumably with regard to his independence).

Susquehanna for Sunshine State News (9/2-7, likely voters, no trendlines, gubernatorial numbers here):

Alex Sink (D): 44

Rick Scott (R): 42

Undecided: 16

Kendrick Meek (D): 23

Marco Rubio (R): 43

Charlie Crist (I): 29

Undecided: 5

(MoE: ±3.1%)

In case you were wondering what these races look like with the switch to a likely voter model, we’ve got that too, thanks to Pennsylvania-based Republican pollster Susquehanna, here operating on behalf of local GOP-flavored online news outlet Sunshine State News. The shift in the FL-Gov race seems pretty plausible, with Sink up by 2 on the free-spending Scott in a sample that breaks 45 self-identified GOP and 41 Dem. (That’s thanks to a decent lead among indies, 47-36… how rare is that, among Dem gubernatorial candidates this year.) But it looks a little ambitious in the Senate race, where this seems to be the biggest lead Rubio’s had since Crist pulled his party switch (although certainly reflective of the recent trend).

CA-Sen, CA-Gov: Close Senate Race, Brown Lagging In Gov Race

Opinion Research Corp. for CNN/Time (pdf) (9/2-7, registered voters, no trendlines):

Barbara Boxer (D-inc): 48

Carly Fiorina (R): 44

Undecided: 3

Jerry Brown (D): 46

Meg Whitman (R): 48

Undecided: 2

(MoE: ±3.5%)

Yesterday’s onslaught of CNN/Time polls has a California component, and it’s a split verdict: Barbara Boxer is squeaking by in the Senate race, while Jerry Brown is behind Meg Whitman by a small margin. While it’s tempting to say “oh, those Senate numbers are pretty good,” as with the other CNN polls, bear in mind that this is a registered voter poll. While it’s not clear how much of an enthusiasm gap we’re looking at in California compared with other states, it’s reasonable to expect that an LV screen would yield results at least a few points worse.

If you’re looking for interesting numbers from the crosstabs, what’s keeping Carly Fiorina in this is how well she’s doing with women: Boxer leads among women only 48-43. (OK, maybe it’s not that amazing, considering that Fiorina is also a woman, which is probably why the NRSC thought she’d be a good matchup in the first place.) What’s keeping Jerry Brown in this, even more counterintuitively, is how well he’s doing with people over 50: he actually leads among oldsters, 49-47, while trailing among the under-50s 48-45. (So maybe that “remember the 70s, when things didn’t suck so much?” advertising scheme makes sense in that context.)

SurveyUSA for KABC-TV (8/31-9/1, likely voters, 8/9-11 in parentheses):

Barbara Boxer (D-inc): 46 (42)

Carly Fiorina (R): 48 (47)

Undecided: 1 (11)

Jerry Brown (D): 40 (43)

Meg Whitman (R): 47 (44)

Undecided: 4 (13)

(MoE: ±4.2%)

Then there’s SurveyUSA’s poll from over the weekend; SurveyUSA has given Fiorina the lead in its last three polls and (with the exception of the most recent Rasmussen) is the only pollster to give her a lead. Assuming that these pollsters are polling essentially similar populations (and that’s a pretty big assumption), one might infer that the enthusiasm gap between RVs and LVs is worth about 5-6 points in California.

SurveyUSA has some better news down the ballot, although these two races also seem to have gotten closer than previous polls: Gavin Newsom leads the Lt. Governor race over Abel Maldonado, 44-39, while Proposition 19 (for the legalization and regulation of marijuana) is passing, 47-43.

KY-Sen: Mixed Bag o’ Nuts

Opinion Research Corp. for CNN/Time (pdf) (9/2-7, registered voters, no trendlines):

Jack Conway (D): 46

Rand Paul (R): 46

Undecided: 4

(MoE: ±3.5%)

Hooray! The citizens of Kentucky have finally seen through Rand Paul’s attempts to put a conventional Republican gloss on his oddball libertarianism! All the momentum is with Jack Conway! Oh, wait… what’s that? It’s a poll of registered voters at this late date? Taking into mind how much PPP’s numbers have fallen off since the switch from a more-or-less RV model to a pure likely voter model, that should mean… aw, crap.

SurveyUSA for WHAS-TV and Louisville Courier-Journal (8/30-9/1, likely voters, 7/27-29 in parentheses):

Jack Conway (D): 40 (43)

Rand Paul (R): 55 (51)

Undecided: 5 (5)

(MoE: ±4.2%)

Oh, no! The bottom’s fallen out for Jack Conway in the last month! Wait… what’s that? The self-identified 47% Dem, 42% GOP, 10% Other breakdown of this poll is totally out of whack with Kentucky’s historic voting patterns? (Dems have always had at least a 25% registration advantage over GOPers, and recalculation to reflect that traditional breakdown points to a 51-44 margin, according to analysis by Pete Brodnitz, of Conway pollster the Benenson Group.) Hmmm, guess we’d better get down from that ledge.

Well, how about a tie-breaker, then? On behalf of somebody called the Kentucky Leadership Council, Democratic pollster John Anzalone (I’m not sure if this is just imprecision on The Fix’s part, or if he’s operating truly outside of Anzalone-Liszt) is out with a poll that gives Rand Paul a 48-45 lead over Jack Conway. However… one other thing missing from the writeup of this poll is whether or not it’s freakin’ registered voters or likely voters! Aaaghghgh! [begins pounding head on desk] (Update: The polling memo gives us answers to two questions – it was by ALR, and its sample was of likely voters.)

Oh, by the way, at least we can be certain about one thing: how much money Jack Conway raised with his one-day moneybomb event yesterday. He set a $260K goal and went well past it, raising “more than” $300K (although it sounds like at least $45K of that was lined up ahead of schedule). As for Paul, he’s up with his first TV ad of the general, highlighting his time as a physician, rather messianically titled “Gift of Sight.” (No mention of his breaking with Big Ophthalmology to start his own renegade certification scheme, though.) No offical WOTSOTB, but estimates are of $250K.