Another round of hounds in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race

Republican Mitch McConnell’s campaign has offered its own new take on the famed 1984 ad that featured bloodhounds on the trail of then-incumbent U.S. Sen. Walter “Dee” Huddleston. 

That 24-year-old ad had the hounds searching for Huddleston who was accused of running from his record by McConnell, who beat Huddleston that year to win his first term in Congress. 

With four terms now behind him, McConnell has revamped that 1984 ad to have the hounds now chasing Democrat Bruce Lunsford, who this week offered his own take on the old hound commercial. 

McConnell’s new spot released Friday asks “what would these old hounds find if they went looking for Lunsford?”

“Would they find Bruce in his home in Florida, or California or his residence in Chicago?” the announceer asks. “Would they chase Bruce’s Porsches or jet or would they sniff out Lunsford’s record?”

Check out the new ad – 

Lunsford camp offers Halloween costume suggestion

Supporters of Bruce Lunsford received a Halloween costume suggestion from the Louisville Democrat’s campaign today – a  mask of Republican Mitch McConnell. 

The e-mail sent this morning by Lunsford Campaign Manager Brad Katz said the campaign “can’t think of anything scarier than another six years of Mitch McConnell.”

Here’s the rest – 

Another six years of obstructionism, putting his party ahead of Kentucky, avoiding accountability, and keeping America from changing course…. Be honest–he scares you, too.

So this Halloween, we’re offering you the scariest costume in Kentucky: a free downloadable Mitch McConnell mask! http://mcconjob.com/blog/2008/10/happy-halloween-now-go-vote/

Simply print the pattern, cut it out, and attach the sides with a rubber band.

You’ll be frightening small children (by stealing their health insurance), seniors (with plans to cut Social Security), and all Americans (by protecting corrupt officials, blocking middle class tax relief, and keeping us on the wrong track).

Two arrested in Obama effigy incident at UK

Beth Musgrave with the Herald-Leader is reporting today that police have arrested a University of Kentucky student and one of his friends in connection with an effigy of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama that was hung from a tree on campus this week. 

The two men told police it was a prank in response to reports that an effigy of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was hung from a home in California.

First Lady Laura Bush to campaign for Guthrie Monday

First Lady Laura Bush will make a stop in Kentucky Monday to campaign for Republican congressional candidate Brett Guthrie and others in the final day before the election. 

Bush will join Guthrie, state Rep. Dwight Butler of Harned, state Rep. David Floyd of Bardstown and Republican candidate Trina Summers, who is running in the 49th state House District, in Shepherdsville, according to a release from the Republican Party of Kentucky.

“We are excited to welcome Mrs. Bush to Kentucky as we head into the final stretch of this election to bring home a victory,” Guthrie said in a release about the event.

Guthrie, from Bowling Green, is facing Democrat David Boswell of Sorgho in Kentucky’s 2nd District race. 

The “2008 Victory Rally” will be held at the Paroquet Springs Convention Centre at 395 Paroquet Springs Drive in Shepherdsville. Tickets are required for the event and are available at the Republican campaign headquarters in Louisville, Bowling Green, Shepherdsville and Elizabethtown listed below.

Attendees are asked to arrive by noon for the event.

Elizabethtown

1815 North Dixie Avenue, Suite 4

(270) 234-1233

 

Louisville

10001 Linn Station Road, Suite 105

(502) 498-5191

 

Bowling Green

410 East 10th Avenue

(270) 842-7627

 

Shepherdsville

1707 Cedar Grove Road

(502) 468-9482

Line-up for Kentucky Tonight on Monday

The election edition of KET’s program Kentucky Tonight with host Bill Goodman on Monday will feature:

– Kentucky Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville

– State Senator Gerald Neal, D-Louisville

Steve Robertson, chair of the Republican Party of Kentucky

Jennifer Moore, chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party

The program will not take live phone calls on Monday because of construction under way as part of KET’s conversion to digital television. Questions and comments for the show should be sent by e-mail to kytonight@ket.org.

Kentucky Tonight will air live at 7 p.m. CT on KET1, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss the 2008 election.

Sabato predicts Dems will pick up KY-2 seat

Larry Sabato with the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics is predicting a gain of between 26 and 35 seats in the U.S. House by Democrats on Tuesday, including the Kentucky 2nd. 

In a new list of predictions on House races nationwide, Sabato lists the 2nd District seat being sought by Democrat David Boswell and Republican Brett Guthrie as one of 29 seats currently held by Republicans that will be won by Democrats this year. 

U.S. Rep. Ron Lewis, a Cecilia Republican, announced his retirement in January after seven terms in Congress. 

Sabato is also predicting a 364-174 win by Democrat Barack Obama in the Electorial College and a gain of either 7 or 8 seats by Democrats in the Senate. 

Sabato writes that for the most part these are the final predictions for Crystal Ball, the center’s political Web site, though some changes in races currently listed as “toss-ups” could be made Monday.

Guthrie up by 10 in latest SurveyUSA poll

Republican Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green continues to build on his lead in Kentucky’s 2nd Congressional District, according to the latest SurveyUSA conducted this week for Roll Call newspaper in Washington D.C. and WHAS-TV in Louisville.

Brett Guthrie

The survey of 587 likely voters contacted on Monday and Tuesday found that 53 percent plan to back Guthrie and 43 percent are supporting his opponent, Democrat David Boswell of Sorgho. The margin of error for the poll is 4.1 percentage points.

This is the third straight SurveyUSA poll showing Guthrie with a lead in the district. A poll released Oct. 17 showed Guthrie leading 51 to 42 and a Sept. 26 survey had Guthrie with a 49-43 lead over Boswell. 

This most recent poll showed Republican John McCain leading Democrat Barack Obama 62 to 35 in the presidential race in Kentucky’s 2nd District, which is considered one of the more conservative congressional districts in the state. 

The survey also looked at the opinions likely voters hold about the two congressional candidates, and neither one appears to be an overwhelming favorite.

David Boswell

David Boswell

The results show 36 percent had a favorable opinion of Guthrie while only 32 percent held a favorable opinion of Boswell. About the same amount – about 31 percent – were neutral about the two men, who are both state senators. 

Those surveyed think much higher of retiring Congressman Ron Lewis, a Cecilia Republican, who is leaving his 2nd District seat after seven terms. Lewis received a favorable rating of 60 percent, which higher than McCain’s 55 percent and much higher than the 33.5 percent who approved of Obama.

Both President George Bush and Congress faired poorly in the poll. Only 39 percent approve of the job Bush is doing as president and only 9 percent approve of the job Congress is doing.

Update…

In a release issued this morning, the Boswell camp called SurveyUSA “vastly out of touch” with the other polling done in the race and said the firm has not reflected what “national political pundits” have said. 

The release noted other poll results conducted for the Boswell campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that have found 1-point and 6-point leads for Boswell. 

“SurveyUSA’s poll numbers in no way track with where anyone else sees the state of the race,” said Mark Riddle, media consultant for Boswell, in the release. “We have consistently seen polling showing Boswell ahead, and every other indicator provies that national political handicappers are seeing the same thing.”

At a rally and pig roast in Owensboro Thursday night, Boswell told a crowd of more than 100 that his campaign’s internal polling show him ahead by between 1 and 6 percentage points heading into the final days of the campaign. 

“It’s a close race,” Boswell said. “We’re running like we’re six points behind.”