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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 Alison Lundergan Grimes released a new web ad turning the incumbent Republican’s threat against him.

The ad slams McConnell as “Senator Gridlock,” and uses numbers from Pew State, Moody’s Analytics, and the Bureau of Economic Analysis to charge him with costing Kentucky $127 million through the shutdown.

“And Mitch McConnell wants to do it again,” text on the screen warns.

The tough spot underscores how serious a wound McConnell may have inflicted upon himself by raising the specter of another government shutdown. The 2013 edition was immensely unpopular and a tremendous waste of money; reminding voters of the GOP’s culpability for the episode both hamstrings McConnell’s central message (that giving Republicans control of Congress would get the government back on track), and reinforces Grimes’ (that McConnell himself is a central cause of Washington’s dysfunction).

Ten weeks before Election Day, it’s still anybody’s race; according to The Huffington Post’s polling average, McConnell leads Grimes by just 2 percent.

Screenshot: Alison For Kentucky/YouTube

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President Trump boards Air Force One for his return flight home from Florida on July 31, 2020

Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Florida senior residents have been reliable Republican voters for decades, but it looks like their political impact could shift in the upcoming 2020 election.

As Election Day approaches, Florida is becoming a major focal point. President Donald Trump is facing more of an uphill battle with maintaining the support of senior voters due to his handling of critical issues over the last several months. Several seniors, including some who voted for Trump in 2016, have explained why he will not receive their support in the November election.

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