A new poll by the Courier-Journal and WHAS-TV in Louisville now shows Democrats Jack Conway and Daniel Mongiardo in a statistical tie in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race.
The polls show Mongiardo with 38-percent to Conway’s 37-percent.
The Lt. Governor and Hazard native began a campaign tour across the state today.
Mongiardo is hitting the road on "The Kentucky Common Sense to take Over Washington Tour." He made stops in Prestonsburg and Hazard on Wednesday. Despite the new poll showing a dead heat between he and Attorney General Jack Conway, he is confident he'll be the democratic candidate in November.
“He has spent a tremendous amount of money he's gone and chased that money he's put in his own money and we've made it about people,” Mongiardo says. “And in the end, our organization will get out our vote and I’m confident that if it's going to be close, that organization is going to put us over victory.”
Mongiardo says Conway is about chasing money from Utility companies and Wall Street.
He says the race really comes down to one simple question.
“Whose side are you on?” Mongiardo says. “Are you on the side of utilities? Are you on the side of washing ton insiders and lobbyists or are you on the side of Kentucky working families? It's clear what side I am on.”
Mongiardo says if he is elected, he will educate the Senate on the merits of coal.
“If we're going to become energy independent in this country it has but one avenue and that's through coal,” Mongiardo says. “We have to stand up and talk about the merit of coal so we can decrease our dependence on foreign oil.”
Mongiardo says it is critical for voters to go to the polls next Tuesday.
“It is so important that we send somebody to Washington that understands the issues of Kentucky, that's going to fight for Kentucky jobs, for Kentucky people that has a record in history of doing that,” Mongiardo says.
Secretary of State Trey Grayson predicts only 30-percent of registered voters will cast ballots next Tuesday.
Mongiardo says this election gives eastern Kentucky the opportunity to have the first U.S. Senator from this region in many years.
Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo, is making his way around the mountains.
The Hazard native kicked off his statewide tour with a stop in Prestonsburg to speak with supporters about how important it is to get out and vote next week.
“We're all very frustrated at how Washington is broken. It doesn't work for Kentuckians anymore and now's our chance to take back Washington so it works for us and ordinary citizens. To send Kentucky common sense to Washington to fix what's broken,” Mongiardo said.
We’ll have more from Mongiardo on Mountain News Night Watch