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4:51 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Grimes Campaign Releases Internal Numbers to Calm Donors, Supporters

Alison Lundergan Grimes
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The campaign to elect Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes wants donors and supporters to know she still has a shot at beating Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell this fall.

That’s what one can gather from an internal poll and subsequent messages Grimes’ team sent out Wednesday showing Grimes with a 1-point lead.

Grimes’ campaign memo highlights the advantages she carries into the last two months of the race, such as being better liked by voters who know each candidates.

Among those likely voters, for example, the internal polling said Grimes leads by nine points.

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Politics
8:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

McConnell Campaign Manager Subpoenaed in Bribery Case Before He Resigned

Jessie Benton, center
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  The e-mails and financial statements of Republican Mitch McConnell’s former campaign manager were subpoenaed a month before he quit as the senator’s top aide.

That’s according a grand jury document posted Thursday by The Center for Responsive Politics in a report about an ongoing federal investigation stemming from an alleged bribery of an Iowa legislator in 2012.

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Politics
10:59 am
Thu September 4, 2014

37,500 TV Ads Have Aired For Kentucky's Senate Race, Report Says

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

Spending in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate contest is expected to top $100 million, which could buy a lot in a poor state like this one.

The campaigns and aligned groups for Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes are putting much of that cash into television ads.

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Politics
11:30 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Mitch McConnell Ready to ‘Move On’ After Campaign Manager’s Resignation

Mitch McConnell last month in Louisville.
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Less than a week after his top campaign aide, Jesse Benton, stepped down while being circled by questions from a federal bribery case, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is ready to move forward.

“We’re moving on,” McConnell told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Tuesday. “We've got 60-some odd days left in the campaign. We're talking about the future and not the past.”

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Politics
11:07 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Kentucky Republicans Question Libertarian Senate Candidate’s Ballot Signatures

David Patterson
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The Republican Party of Kentucky is questioning petition signatures obtained by Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate David Patterson to place him on the Nov. 4 ballot.

In a letter to county clerks last week, GOP Chairman Steve Robertson asks that the signatures be reviewed and verified. Patterson obtained around 9,100 signatures for his petition to join Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Mitch McConnell on the ballot.

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Politics
2:51 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Update: McConnell Campaign Top Aide Resigns Amid Iowa 'Endorsement-for-Pay' Investigation

Jesse Benton, middle
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Update 6:22 p.m.: Benton Resigns

Jesse Benton, McConnell's campaign manager, resigned this afternoon. He issued the following statement Friday evening:

"There is no more important cause for both Kentucky, my new home I have come to love, and our country than electing Mitch McConnell Majority Leader of the United States Senate. I believe this deep in my bones, and I would never allow anything or anyone to get in the way.

That includes myself.

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Local News
11:57 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Former U.S. Secretary of State Albright Endorses Grimes in Senate Bid

Credit Grimes for Senate Campaign

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is endorsing Kentucky Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.            

Albright was the first woman to become Secretary of State when former President Bill Clinton appointed her in 1997. She also served on former President Jimmy Carter's National Security Council.

In a news release, Albright called Grimes one of the brightest young leaders in America.

Grimes is challenging Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell, who has the support of a former secretary of state in Condoleezza Rice.

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Politics
11:51 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Listen: Sounds of Fancy Farm Heckling From the Middle of the Crowd

Supporters for Mitch McConnell, in red and Alison Lundergan-Grimes, in blue, gather before the political speeches at the Fancy Farm picnic.
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Politics
8:16 am
Sun August 3, 2014

Fancy Farm: Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes Strike Different Tones In Combative Speeches

Senator Mitch McConnell speaks at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

PADUCAH—Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes traded partisan blows at the 134th Fancy Farm picnic Saturday.

With fewer than 100 days till the election, the two candidates gave speeches that struck starkly different tones.

First, Grimes tagged McConnell as a heartless, out-of-touch incumbent, particularly on women’s issues.

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Politics
12:40 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes' Foreign Policy Knowledge Questioned Over Israeli Iron Dome Remark

Credit Grimes campaign

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is being criticized for suggesting Israel's missile defense system helps the country defend against tunnels used by Hamas militants.

The comments have inserted foreign affairs back into Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race as Grimes  seeks to defeat longtime Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell this fall.

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