As Election Nears, Kentucky Governor's Race Still a Toss-Up

Oct 13, 2015

Democratic nominee for Kentucky governor Jack Conway (left) and Republican nominee Matt Bevin
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As Kentucky’s gubernatorial campaign enters the final three weeks before the election, the latest poll shows Democrat Jack Conway with a very slim lead over Republican Matt Bevin. 

Statewide, 43% of likely voters support Conway while 41% back Bevin.  Six percent favor Independent Drew Curtis and ten percent are undecided.  Conway’s 2 point lead over Bevin is well within the survey’s margin of error of plus-or-minus four percentage points.

The survey, conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, shows Conway has slightly better positive name recognition.  However, Bevin is getting a stronger party cross-over vote, which is crucial for a GOP candidate to win statewide in Kentucky.  Democrats outnumber Republicans among registered voters by more than 430,000. 

The poll was taken October 6-8 and questioned 625 registered Kentucky voters by phone.