Ellison’s Election Tip Sheet: Battleground Polls

Ellison Barber election tip sheet

SENATE: ALASKA

There are two new polls out of Alaska this week, and Republicans have the lead in both of them.

Any poll that places a candidate ahead is going to be seen as a positive by their supporters, but polls aren’t always right so it’s never wise to hold a single poll in high esteem. However, it obviously matters when multiple polls suggest a lead.

What makes these two particularly significant is that they’re results from well respected polling firms (Rasmussen Reports and Public Policy Polling), they were released and conducted around the same times, and they both found Republican Dan Sullivan ahead.

Ellison’s Election Tip Sheet

Ellison Barber election tip sheet

There are quite a few new polls out this week, so the tip sheet might as well reflect that. Here are the three noteworthy polls, all giving Republicans a nice end to the first week of September.

Ellison’s Election Tip Sheet

Ellison Barber election tip sheet

SENATE: KENTUCKY

Many red state Democrats have come out as critics of the EPA’s proposed rules to restrict carbon emissions.

Alison Lundergan Grimes was one of those Democrats, but Grimes had a bit of an embarrassing flub toward the end of last week when her campaign sent out a pro-coal ad that said “President Obama and Washington Don’t Get It … Alison Grimes Does.” The ad, according to Politico, was accompanied by a picture of a coal miner, but turns out it was not actually a coal miner—it was a European model.

Was this a huge deal? Probably not, but it does provide Republicans with ammunition to “raise doubts about the authenticity of her pro-coal position.”

That was further compounded this week when it was reported that Grimes attended a D.C. fundraiser and neglected to defend Kentucky’s coal industry, despite previous promises to address it.