Guy Benson
Shhh.  This poll broke over a holiday weekend, so let's just let the DSCC pretend it didn't really happen:
In an election for the open United States Senator seat from Kentucky today, 09/02/10, Republican Rand Paul defeats Democrat Jack Conway, 55% to 40%, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for the Louisville Courier-Journal and WHAS-TV.
Ed mentioned the eye-popping lead Paul holds among men (65-31), but note how the rabid/right-wing/risky/tea party Republican candidate fares among young voters:

[Age 18-34]
Paul (R) 60%
Conway (D) 33%

Wither Obama Zombies?

I'll leave you with this analysis to ponder: Democrats could virtually guarantee holding the Senate by picking off a seat currently held by the GOP.  As the midterm election picture began to take shape, the conventional wisdom informed us that their best opportunities to do so were: Florida, Missouri, Ohio, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Kentucky (after Paul was nominated).  Follow any of those links and you'll start to smell what Charlie Cook is cooking.

UPDATE: Ho hum.  Another national poll shows a record lead for Republicans on the generic Congressional ballot among likely voters.

Guy Benson

Guy Benson is's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).

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