Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Alison Lundergan Grimes, talks to reporters after addressing the Kentucky County Judge Executive Association and the Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association Joint Convention Thursday, July 18, 2013 , in Louisville, Ky. Grimes is running against Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

Grimes and McConnell Locked in Tie in Kentucky Senate Race

Grimes and McConnell appear evenly matched, according to a recent poll.

Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Alison Lundergan Grimes, talks to reporters after addressing the Kentucky County Judge Executive Association and the Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association Joint Convention Thursday, July 18, 2013 , in Louisville, Ky. Grimes is running against Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

Kentucky voters are evenly divided between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes.

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The Bluegrass State has emerged as one of the country’s hottest battlegrounds ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, a new poll shows.

The poll from right-leaning Rasmussen Reports shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and his Democratic foe, Alison Lundergan Grimes, are neck and neck in the race for the state’s open Senate seat.

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Voters were evenly divided between Grimes and McConnell, with each candidate earning 42 percent of the vote in the recent telephone survey. Ten percent of voters polled said they were still undecided in the race, giving McConnell and Grimes each more time to establish themselves and their respective platforms.

While Grimes and McConnell were in a dead heat, McConnell’s GOP primary challenger, businessman Matt Bevin, leads Grimes in the general election by 6 points.
The poll comes just after Grimes and McConnell announced their campaign fundraising totals over the weekend.

Grimes raised $2.1 million in the fourth quarter, trailing McConnell’s $2.2 million just slightly. Grimes and McConnell have $3.5 million and $10.9 million cash on hand, respectively.

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In presidential elections, Kentucky has remained a Republican stronghold, but Kentucky’s state politics indicate residents are open to an upset.

In 2012, President Barack Obama won just four out of 120 counties in the state and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney won more than 60 percent of the vote. Yet, Democrats control the governor’s mansion and the Kentucky house.

The poll was conducted Jan. 29-30 and included 500 likely voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.