2014 Kentucky Senate race

3:51 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Web Ad Features Former Democratic Aide

Saying Republican Senator Mitch McConnell has abandoned Kentucky values, Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes released a new web ad Tuesday ripping the GOP leader's record.

The video features west Louisville mother Tanesha Booker, who outlines why she believes McConnell is out of touch. She goes on to say McConnell makes her nervous about her 6-year-old daughter's future.

"We are fighters in the West End," she says. "We're fighting to take care of our families. We're fighting to fulfill our dreams."


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12:31 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Kentucky Tea Partiers Want to Question Matt Bevin for Reportedly Praising Bank Bailouts

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin is facing intense criticism for reportedly signing a letter praising the bank bailouts despite his constant criticism of the federal assistance program.

Bevin is taking on incumbent Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in a nasty GOP primary battle.

The Bevin camp has made McConnell's support of the $700 billion Troubled Assistance Relief Fund (TARP) in 2008 a chief reason to replace the GOP leader.

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3:11 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Kentucky GOP Demands Alison Lundergan Grimes Return Campaign Cash from John Arnold

Alison Lundergan Grimes

The Republican Party of Kentucky is calling on Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes to return campaign contributions from a former state representative accused of sexual harassment.

Last September, Democrat John Arnold resigned amid allegations he harassed and assaulted three statehouse employees.

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1:27 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Bill Clinton Will Campaign for Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky as Feud With Rand Paul Escalates

Former President Bill Clinton and Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes

The last Democratic presidential nominee to carry Kentucky is coming to campaign for Alison Lundergan Grimes this month.

As first reported by The Courier-Journal's Joe Gerth, former U.S. President Bill Clinton will be in Louisville on Feb. 25.

The visit further underscores the importance of the Senate race for Democrats and Republicans nationally, as Grimes vies for GOP Leader Mitch McConnell's seat.

From the C-J:

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9:17 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Poll: Alison Lundergan Grimes Leads Mitch McConnell 46-42 Among Kentucky Voters

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

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's popularity is lower than President Barack Obama in Kentucky and less than one-third of registered voters across the state hold a favorable view of the Republican lawmaker.

That's according to a new Bluegrass Poll conducted by the Louisville Courier-Journal, WHAS-TV, Lexington Herald Leader and WKYT-TV in Lexington, which was released Thursday evening.

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5:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

No Kentuckians Give to Kentuckians for Strong Leadership Super PAC

Credit http://kentuckiansforstrongleadership.org/

A pair of super PACs supporting Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes may want to consider a name change.

Campaign finance records show Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, which is aiding McConnell, raised about $1.2 million in the last six months of 2013, but not one dollar came from the Bluegrass.

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12:53 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Conservative Group Bucks Team Mitch, NRSC by Hiring Blacklisted Consulting Firm

A prominent conservative group is hiring a consulting firm which had been all but excommunicated by national Republicans at the behest of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell last year.

The Club for Growth has yet to endorse in Kentucky's GOP primary battle between McConnell and Tea Party-backed businessman Matt Bevin, but the group has said it is paying close attention to the race.

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2:29 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Republican Senate Candidate Matt Bevin Outlines Key Differences With Mitch McConnell

Sen. Mitch McConnell and Matt Bevin
Credit File photos

Saying the Republican Party needs to adopt a new vision, U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin is hoping to shift Kentucky's race to issues, rather than surface-level politics and attacks.

The Tea Party-backed Bevin has often given speeches focusing on policy, and he decried Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes for failing to discuss them in-depth.

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1:27 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Kentucky Senate Candidate Ed Marksberry Offered Different Stories of Alleged Bribe from Democrats

Independent Ed Marksberry and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes are running for U.S. Senate in Kentucky

Call it a tale of two Marksberrys.

The Democrat-turned-independent candidate for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat dropped a bombshell this week when he accused his former party—and by extension, likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes’ campaign—of offering him money and incentives to drop out of the race.

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9:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Report: History on Mitch McConnell's Side for Re-Election, But Senate Leaders Are More Vulnerable

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
Credit File photo

A new report shows defeating Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky in this year’s election would be a historical rarity given his status as minority leader.

An analysis of Senate elections over the past 90 years by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota finds sitting party leaders have won re-election 87 percent of the time.

In only one case has a minority leader—Democrat Tom Dashcle in 2004—lost a re-election bid.

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