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12/18/2013 05:19 pm ET Updated Dec 18, 2013

Mitch McConnell And Alison Lundergan Grimes In Virtual Tie In Senate Race

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) are in a virtual tie in the 2014 Senate race, according to a new poll from the liberal-leaning firm Public Policy Polling.

The survey found McConnell leading Grimes 43 percent to 42 percent. In a match-up between McConnell's Republican challenger, Matt Bevin, and Lundergan Grimes, Bevin barely leads 39 percent to 38 percent.

HuffPost Pollster's average, which includes all publicly available polling, currently finds Grimes at 41 percent and McConnell at nearly 43 percent.

Only 31 percent of those surveyed approve of the job McConnell is doing, making him the least popular senator in the country. However, President Barack Obama has an equally poor 31 percent approval rate in Kentucky, which could hurt Lundergan Grimes as the campaign progresses. In a memo that Lundergan Grimes' campaign released to The Huffington Post, her campaign cited McConnell's negative approval ratings as a factor that could help her prevail. The Cook Political Report rates the race a "toss up."

Public Policy Polling surveyed 1,509 Kentucky voters from Dec. 12 to Dec. 15. The poll has a margin of error of 2.5 percent.

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