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Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign is in trouble

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Republicans are favored to retake control of the Senate in November, but if they do, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) may not be around to become the chamber's top lawmaker. That's because McConnell remains deeply unpopular back home in Kentucky — so unpopular, in fact, that he's trailing Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

A new PPP poll finds Grimes leading the incumbent 45 percent to 44 percent among registered voters. Though the survey was commissioned by MoveOn.org, that finding is in line with other recent surveys that have found McConnell in a vulnerable position.

It's possible that McConnell's vociferous opposition to ObamaCare may become a liability now that the health care law is becoming more popular. And Kentucky in particular has been one of ObamaCare's greatest success stories, which might make McConnell's calls for repeal fall flat on his constituents.