Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes

4:40 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell Talks Foreign Policy and Climate Change at Louisville Luncheon

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell speaking to the Young Professionals Association of Louisville on Oct. 16, 2014.
Credit Rae Hodge / WFPL

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell discussed his views on climate change and foreign policy in a campaign stop Thursday afternoon with more than 80 members of the Young Professionals Association of Louisville.

During a lengthy speech on foreign policy, McConnell pleaded the case for further military engagement in Iraq, criticizing President Obama for a withdrawal of ground troops from the region.

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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.
Credit KET

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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12:51 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Fancy Farm Update: Matt Bevin In, Steve Beshear Out

Fancy Farm press
Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL News

Fresh from his campaign launch, Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin will speak at this year's annual Fancy Farm picnic.

Bevin faces Senator Mitch McConnell in the GOP primary. McConnell will also speak at Fancy Farm, as will Democratic candidate and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

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1:32 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Now Heather French Henry? Less Prominent Candidates May Hurt Democrats' Senate Hopes

Heather French Henry
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Now it's Heather French Henry's turn.

The former Miss America has joined a list of half a dozen party activists or leaders waiting for Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to decide whether she'll run in 2014 against Mitch McConnell for his U.S. Senate seat. 

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2:44 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Who Runs Against McConnell in 2014? Not Judd or Grimes, Stumbo Says

To date, the chatter over who'll challenge U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014 has centered around actress/activist Ashley Judd.

And, if not Judd, then Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state.

A top Kentucky Democrat is saying that McConnell's Democratic challenger will be neither of the women.

In a recent interview, House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Judd's candidacy would face an obstacle from her position against mountaintop removal coal mining. In fact, he said her name shouldn't even be in discussion.

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10:51 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Edelen Says He'll Support Grimes, Not Ashley Judd, For U.S. Senate Race

Credit Former Sen. Richard Lugar's office.

Ashley Judd is the most discussed potential Democratic candidate to challenge U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell' for his seat in 2014, but not all Kentucky Democratic statewide officers are supporting the idea.

Auditor Adam Edelen said he'll be encouraging and supporting Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state, for the 2014 senate race -- because of Grimes' focus on state, not national, issues.

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12:35 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Conway Says He Won't Run in 2014, Edelen 'Highly Unlikely'

Conway, Edelen, Grimes

Two of Kentucky's highest profile Democrats say they are not interested in taking on U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014. 

Attorney General Jack Conway, who ran for Senate in 2010 against Republican Rand Paul, tells Kentucky Public Radio he isn't interested in running for the chamber again.

“I cannot forsee a scenario where I would run for the Senate in 2014, because I stated on several occasions when I ran for re-election as attorney general that I would finish out that term as attorney general,” he says.

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5:21 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Twelve Percent Turnout Expected for Kentucky Primaries


Kentucky elections officials once again expect most voters to ignore Tuesday’s primaries.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is predicting turnout between 10 and 12 percent. Low turnout has plagued Kentucky elections for the last few cycles. About a third of voters cast ballots in the 2008 and 2010 primaries.

Grimes says the lack of competitive primaries for President, Congress and the General Assembly will keep most voters at home.