Politics & Government

McCain holds solid lead in Kentucky

FRANKFORT — Despite bordering five battleground states in the presidential race, Kentucky is a solid gimme for Republican John McCain, a Herald-Leader/WKYT Kentucky Poll shows.

McCain holds a substantial 55-39 lead over Democrat Barack Obama, with only 3 percent of voters still undecided. Another 3 percent said they would vote on Nov. 4 for a third-party candidate.

"McCain can't lose in Kentucky," said Del Ali, president of Research 2000, which conducted the poll.

"Even if Obama gained a percentage point a day in Kentucky up to Election Day, he still couldn't carry the state," Ali said.

McCain outpaces Obama in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans about 57 percent to 36 percent among its 2.9 million registered voters.

"McCain is a sure bet in Kentucky because Kentucky, even though Democratic in name, has consistently been one of the reddest of the red states," said Larry J. Sabato, head of the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

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