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USA Today: Libertarian Patterson polling at 7% in high-profile Kentucky senate race

David Patterson for U.S. Senate Kentucky
David Patterson,
Kentucky LP candidate
for U.S. Senate

Another Libertarian is showing impressive poll numbers in a nationally-watched campaign this year, which could determine the balance of power in the U.S. Senate.

Libertarian David Patterson is polling at 7 percent in a match-up with Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, according to a Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll.

David Patterson, a peace officer in Harrodsburg, is running to end domestic spying, end the failed drug war, dramatically cut back government spending and advance a non-interventionist foreign policy.

Patterson's petition signatures are due next week to qualify for the November ballot. According to Ken Moellman, Kentucky Libertarian Party state chair, his campaign expects to turn in well more than the required 5,000 certified signatures.

USA Today reports that Jennifer Duffy, a senior editor with the Cook Political Report,, said, “Patterson's relatively strong performance is similar to phenomena she's seeing in other states showing voters aren't happy with Republican or Democratic sources.”

Read the full USA Today article here and a similar story in the National Journal.

See the Bluegrass Poll here.