Not a Good Sign
When Republicans in your home state are less than enthusiastic then it is time to run for re-election to the Senate.
(Lexington Herald-Leader) - For the past year, Kentuckians have been divided over whether U.S. Sen. Rand Paul should run for re-election to his Senate seat, the White House, both offices or neither office.
According to the latest Bluegrass Poll, that division remains, even as Paul nears a final decision about whether to pursue the Republican presidential nomination.
Among Republicans, 25 percent said he should run for president, 27 percent said he should run for re-election, 28 percent said he should run for both, and 13 percent said he shouldn't run for either office.
Almost half of Democrats — 44 percent — responded that Paul should not run for either office, but 20 percent said he should run for both offices, 12 percent said he should run for president, and 14 percent said he should run for re-election.
Poll respondents who identified themselves as "strong" Republicans were most likely to say Paul should run for both offices, with 34 percent backing that option.
Follow-up interviews with voters who participated in the latest poll illustrated their sharp divide about what Paul's political future should entail.
"I like what he stands for," said respondent Imogene Dawson of Whitley City. "I think he would give us what we need — better than what we have right now."