The Washington Times - August 22, 2013, 10:37AM

New internal polling data from Sen. Mitch McConnell’s re-election team show that the Senate minority leader has pulled far ahead of his fellow Republican challenger, Matt Bevin.

The survey found that 68 percent of likely Republican primary voters in Kentucky favor Mr. McConnell, while just 21 percent said they’ll vote for the tea-party-backed Mr. Bevin. Eight percent of GOP voters said they’re undecided, the poll shows.

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The figures show Mr. McConnell’s biggest lead so far. External polls also have shown the incumbent with a sizable lead, though not as large as the one seen in the campaign’s own survey.

Mr. McConnell is one of several high-profile Republican senators facing a challenge from within their own party. Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Michael B. Enzi of Wyoming also face primary opponents.