What’s next for Alison Lundergan Grimes? It’s a question some have been asking since the Secretary of State’s loss Tuesday night to incumbent Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell. A Bluegrass Poll taken a week before the election suggests voter enthusiasm is tepid with regards to Grimes running for Kentucky governor next year. The poll found 33 percent of respondents wanted her to run. Fifty percent did not and 17 percent said they weren’t sure.
Attorney General Jack Conway is the only Democrat to enter the race so far. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and businessman Hal Heiner have entered the race on the GOP side.
Mitch McConnell isn’t the only Kentucky Senator basking in the afterglow of Tuesday night’s election results.
Rand Paul is using the election as an opportunity to criticize the woman many consider to be the next Democratic Presidential front-runner: Hillary Clinton.
Sen. Paul says he won’t formally decide on whether or not to launch a 2016 presidential bid until next spring. But the Bowling Green Republican is acting the part of a White House contender, and judging from recent comments, he firmly believes Hillary Clinton is his biggest obstacle to winning the presidential contest.
Paul has wasted no time in describing Tuesday night’s Republican victories around the nation as a “repudiation of Hillary Clinton.” In speeches and interviews following the election, Paul has pointed out that the former First Lady and New York Senator campaigned on behalf of several Democratic Senate candidates who ultimately lost—including Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky.
Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 6:44 am
With a loss by Sen. Mark Pryor, the first Democratic incumbent fell in the 2014 midterms, setting off a chain of events that brought the Republicans a new Senate majority. The man who would lead them in Congress, Sen. Mitch McConnell, coasted to a win in Kentucky.
McConnell was projected to defeat Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes by a 15-point margin, 56 percent to 41 percent, with almost a third of the vote tallied.
In Arkansas, Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor lost to Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, a first-term member of Congress. Pryor has served in the Senate since 2003.
Officials are encouraging Kentuckians to report any instances or suspicions of vote fraud on Election Day. The Kentucky Attorney General’s election fraud hotline will be open throughout Tuesday.
Spokeswoman Allison Martin says the most common complaints involve vote-buying or campaigning too close to a polling place.
Kentucky’s electioneering law was struck down by a federal judge earlier this year, but while the case is under appeal, it’s still illegal in most cases to promote any candidates within 300 feet of a polling place.
"The only change is that if you have private property that is across the street from a polling place, or near a polling place within that 300 foot boundary, you do not have to take your sign down," Martin said.
Martin added the election fraud hotline received 205 calls from more than 60 counties during this year’s primary election.
One of the most expensive Senate races in U.S. history will come to an end Tuesday evening when voters decide between Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Grimes spoke to supporters at the Bowling Green United Auto Workers Hall Monday morning. She was dismissive of recent polls that show Sen. McConnell with a growing lead. An NBC/Marist poll released over the weekend gave McConnell a nine point lead.
“That’s the Washington D.C.-beltway punditry. As you can see, the energy is palpable,” Grimes said, in reference to supporters at her Warren County event. “Kentuckians will have the final word in this election, and I do believe that they are bringing this race home, and will bring us across the finish line successfully.”
Grimes is hoping to become Kentucky’s first female U.S. Senator. On the final day of campaigning before votes are cast Tuesday, the Secretary of State is flying around the state, making appearances with Governor Steve Beshear, Former Governor Martha Layne Collins, and Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo.
McConnell is spending Monday alongside his fellow Kentucky Republican Senator, Rand Paul of Bowling Green. The two are flying around the state and speaking at airports across the commonwealth, including those in Bowling Green and Owensboro Monday afternoon.
Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 12:34 pm
If Republicans take over the Senate, the man expected to become the next majority leader is Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The title would be the culmination of a political career spanning more than three decades.
But first, McConnell has to win a sixth Senate term in a state where his popularity's been sagging.
The final Bluegrass Poll before Tuesday’s election day shows Senator Mitch McConnell with a five point lead over Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.
The poll shows 48% of likely voters plan to vote for McConnell, while 43% say they'll support Grimes. Three percent said they'll vote for Libertarian candidate David Patterson.
Six percent are still undecided.
The poll’s results are still within the margin of error of 4.1 percentage points. The McConnell campaign said the poll numbers show the campaign is peaking.
The last poll showed Grimes two percentage points ahead of McConnell and the Grimes campaign says its own internal polling shows the race as a dead heat.
The Louisville Courier-Journal quotes Jennifer Duffy, senior editor at the non-partisan Cook Political report, as saying the Bluegrass Poll results are in line with other polling she’s seen in recent days.
Sen. Rand Paul will campaign with Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell on the day before Kentucky's pivotal Senate election.
Paul will join McConnell on seven campaign stops Monday at airports across the state. McConnell will begin the day in Louisville before ending in Bowling Green, Paul's hometown. McConnell is facing Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in one of the country's most watched Senate races.
Paul has been campaigning in competitive elections across the country as he attempts to boost his profile ahead of a possible run for president in 2016.
Grimes campaigned with former President Bill Clinton on Thursday and is scheduled to appear with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday.
Bill Clinton is once again trying to rally voters to the side of Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.
The Grimes campaign has announced that the former President will attend events at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville Thursday morning, with an afternoon visit to the Veteran’s Riverfront Park in Ashland planned for the afternoon.
It’s the fourth time Clinton has campaigned on behalf of Grimes, as she tries to unseat Republican Senator Mitch McConnell.
The former President spoke at Grimes rallies in Owensboro and Paducah last week. Hillary Rodham Clinton is also returning to the commonwealth this Saturday to campaign on behalf of Grimes in northern Kentucky and Lexington.