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7:46 am
Thu October 16, 2014

In Louisville, Hillary Clinton Urges Kentuckians to Support Alison Lundergan Grimes

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes share a stage at the Kentucky International Convention Center during a campaign stop.
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

Speaking Wednesday night before 4,500 people  at the Kentucky International Convention Center, Hillary Rodham Clinton urged Kentuckians to take to the polls in November for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The former U.S. Secretary of State held Republican incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell's feet to the fire on healthcare reform and pay equity.

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4:53 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

With No Clear Debate Winner, Grimes-McConnell Race Now Depends on Turnout

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell at the Oct. 13 debate hosted by Bill Goodman and KET.
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Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell have banked over $12 million in campaign ads in August, just a portion of the spending in what's projected to be the most expensive U.S. Senate race in history at $100 million.

In a live, televised debate Monday night, the two candidates fought hard to stick to their investments, repeating much of their campaign ad talking points.

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9:57 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Here's What Alison Grimes and Mitch McConnell Discussed in KET's Debate

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell at the Oct. 13 debate hosted by Bill Goodman and KET.
Credit Courtesy KET

The two major party candidates for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat faced off in their first—and likely only—televised debate on public television Monday night.

Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Kentucky’s Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes traded barbs in the forum moderated by Kentucky Educational Television’s Bill Goodman.

Both candidates stuck largely to their campaign’s talking points. Here’s what they talked about.

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11:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

What to Look For During Tonight's Grimes-McConnell Debate

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

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes debate for the first (and likely only) time tonight.

The debate begins at 8 p.m. and can be seen on KET.

"This is the only chance that voters of Kentucky are going to have to see a side-by-side non-commercial comparison of the two people who want to represent them in the United States Senate," said Al Cross, a longtime political columnist.

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4:59 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Hillary Rodham Clinton to Campaign for Grimes in Louisville

Hillary Clinton
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U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is getting help from another Clinton — this time from Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The Kentucky Democrat's campaign says the former U.S. secretary of state and potential presidential candidate in 2016 will campaign for Grimes next Wednesday night in Louisville. Grimes spokeswoman Charly Norton said Friday the event is open to the public, and free tickets will be available at Democratic headquarters in all 120 Kentucky counties.

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10:19 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Federal Judge Hears Libertarian Candidate's Arguments Against KET

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A federal judge is hearing arguments this morning about whether the Libertarian candidate should be included in a televised debate of Kentucky U.S. Senate candidates.

David Patterson sued Kentucky Educational Television for not inviting him to the debate Monday between incumbent Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The event will likely be the only time voters will see the two debate on statewide television before the Nov. 4 election.

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2:21 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

McConnell Has Contentious Interview With Kentucky Sports Radio

Mitch McConnell
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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and the host of Kentucky Sports Radio had a series of sharp exchanges Wednesday in a broadcast interview that tackled topics ranging from same-sex marriage to global climate change.

McConnell called in to Kentucky Sports Radio and spoke for over 10 minutes with host Matt Jones, who has made repeated pleas for an interview. McConnell's Democratic opponent in the November election, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, spoke with Jones and KSR in September.

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8:30 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Voter Turnout Key to Kentucky Senate Race, Political Scientist Says

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

The latest Bluegrass Poll in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race gives Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes a two-point lead over incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell, 46 to 44 percent. 

It’s a six-point swing for Grimes since the previous Bluegrass Poll, conducted in late August. The poll also said Libertarian candidate David Patterson had three percent. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus four percent. 

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1:07 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Bluegrass Poll: Grimes Takes 2-Point Lead Over McConnell In Kentucky Senate Race

Alison Lundergan Grimes
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The latest Bluegrass Poll in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race gives Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes a two-point lead over incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell.

The survey of likely voters has Grimes with 46 percent support and McConnell getting 44 percent. Libertarian candidate David Patterson has three percent, with seven percent of voters undecided. The margin of error is plus or minus four points.

It’s a six-point swing for the Grimes campaign. The previous Bluegrass Poll in late August had McConnell with a four-point lead.

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8:26 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Whitfield Endorses Comer for Kentucky Governor

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer speaks beside his wife, T.J., at The Night Before Fancy Farm event hosted by the Marshall-Calloway GOP.
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FRANKFORT — Republican U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield has endorsed James Comer for governor.

Comer, the Republican state agriculture commissioner, is seeking the party's nomination for governor in 2015. Former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner is also seeking the Republican nomination.

In a news release from the Comer campaign, Whitfield said he believes Comer's achievements as agriculture commissioner makes him the candidate with the best chance to take back the governor's office. Democrats have won nine of the last 10 governor's elections.

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