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Alison Lundergan Grimes

McConnell Widens Lead Over Grimes In Final Bluegrass Poll

Time is running out for Alison Lundergan Grimes.

October 31, 2014

Midterm Roundup: So Much For South Dakota?

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October 27, 2014

The Blue-Collar Imperative

Can Democrats overcome the politics of resentment and save their Senate majority?

October 20, 2014

Midterm Roundup: Grimes Isn’t Done Yet In Kentucky

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October 1, 2014

McConnell Wraps Opponent In Obama, Gains Edge In Kentucky Senate Race

Time is running out for Kentucky Democrats.

October 1, 2014

WATCH: Grimes Shoots Gun, Is Not Obama

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes released a new TV ad on Monday, distancing herself from President Barack Obama and mocking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in one fell swoop. In the 30-second ad, Grimes explains her differences with President Obama while skeet shooting in an open field. “I’m not Barack Obama. I disagree […]

September 15, 2014

Poll: Kentucky Senate Race Is ‘Down To The Wire’

The race between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes “could hardly be closer and will go down to the wire,” according to a poll of Kentucky’s likely electorate conducted by The Mellman Group for the Grimes campaign. The poll finds Grimes leading McConnell by 1 point: 43 percent support Grimes, […]

September 10, 2014

WATCH: Grimes Slams McConnell’s Shutdown Threat In New Ad

After Mitch McConnell suggested that a Republican Senate majority could force another government shutdown by trying to force President Obama to sign spending bills loaded with GOP-friendly riders, it was only a matter of time before the minority leader’s words resurfaced in an attack ad. That inevitability became reality on Monday, when McConnell’s Democratic opponent […]

August 25, 2014

WATCH: Kentucky Senate Race Gets Even More Negative

This has been a week of negative, not entirely true ads from both parties in Kentucky’s contentious Senate race. Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes released an ad on Tuesday accusing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) of trying to raise seniors’ health care costs. It features a retired coal miner, Don Disney — surely chosen so […]

July 10, 2014

Poll Roundup: Is McConnell Safe In Kentucky?

As the 2014 midterm elections draw closer, pollsters across the country will begin releasing masses of data and their predictions of who will control the House of Representatives, the Senate, and statehouses across the country. We’ll put those predictions in focus and provide a brief summary of key polls. Here’s our roundup from the week […]

May 30, 2014

Women Hold Democrats’ Keys To Control Of Senate

By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Women might be the Democrats’ 2014 firewall, the force that holds back a Republican wave that appears to be building toward seizing control of the Senate. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Georgia’s Michelle Nunn won primaries Tuesday and are their states’ Democratic U.S. Senate nominees, […]

May 22, 2014

Nuclear Winter In Kentucky Politics

LOUISVILLE, KY — Anyone with a weak stomach and refined sensibilities should stay out of Kentucky for the next six months. From the mountains to the gentle bluegrass, this normally civilized state was transformed on Tuesday night into the staging ground for a merciless war over everything that has gone wrong in American politics during […]

May 22, 2014

WATCH: Grimes Highlights Voting Rights In First Ad Of Kentucky Senate Race

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), released her first statewide television ad of the 2014 campaign on Thursday. The ad, titled “Lost in Battle,” highlights Grimes’ efforts to ensure that military personnel serving overseas have access to the ballot. “Change can still happen here,” […]

May 8, 2014

WATCH: Mitch McConnell, Jobs ‘Hero?’

Mitch McConnell has been called a lot of names in his time as Senate Minority Leader — “RINO,” “bully,” “Machiavellian genius,” and “turtle,” to name a few — and on Tuesday, his re-election campaign added a new entry to the list: Hero. That’s the central claim of McConnell’s new campaign ad, which celebrates the Republican […]

May 6, 2014

Outraised By Grimes, McConnell Rethinks Money-As-Speech

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) has once again outraised Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) in their 2014 Senate race — and all of a sudden, McConnell no longer seems so enthusiastic about the use of money as free speech. In the first three months of 2014, Grimes raised $2.7 million, edging McConnell’s […]

April 16, 2014

WATCH: Clinton Stumps For Grimes, Knocks McConnell In Kentucky Speech

Former president Bill Clinton hit the campaign trail on Tuesday, urging Kentucky voters to send Alison Lundergan Grimes to the U.S. Senate. During his speech at the Galt House in Louisville, Clinton told the capacity crowd that “it makes a big difference who wins this election, and Alison Lundergan Grimes should win it.” Without mentioning […]

February 25, 2014

Kentucky Cockfighting Enthusiasts Jab Mitch McConnell

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made an unlikely political enemy when he cast his vote in favor of the federal farm bill: the Kentucky cockfighting lobby. The farm bill included an amendment that made it a federal crime to be a spectator at an animal fight. Under the new law, attending a cockfight or […]

February 20, 2014

Kentucky GOP Uses Woody Allen To Attack Alison Lundergan Grimes

The negative campaigning in Kentucky’s 2014 Senate race is taking a turn toward the absurd, as the state’s Republican Party insists that Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes return a campaign contribution from film director Woody Allen. The Kentucky GOP made the demand on Monday afternoon, in response to a $500 donation from Allen and a […]

February 11, 2014

WATCH: Rand Paul Throws Mitch McConnell Under The Bus

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) wants you to vote for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the upcoming midterm elections. He just can’t think of a single good reason why. Paul all but walked back his endorsement of McConnell during an interview with right-wing radio host Glenn Beck, which was posted to YouTube on Saturday. […]

February 10, 2014

Poll: Grimes Opens Up Lead Over McConnell In Kentucky Senate Race

Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has opened up a 4 percent lead over Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), according to a new Lexington Herald-Leader/WKYT Bluegrass Poll. The poll finds Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state, leading McConnell by a 46 to 42 percent margin among likely voters, with 12 percent undecided. The results make it […]

February 7, 2014

6 States That Will Swing The Senate In 2014

Photo: AFP/Mark Wilson With less than a year to go until the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans are feeling bullish about their chances of winning a majority in the U.S. Senate. The GOP needs to gain a net of six seats in order to claim the majority, and with 21 Democratic seats in play — including […]

January 16, 2014