Senator Mitch McConnell

Offices of Sen. McConnell and Sec. Grimes

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell maintains a slight lead in his bid for re-election, according to a new poll of 647 registered voters in Kentucky.  The five-term GOP incumbent is trying to fend off a challenge from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. 

The Bluegrass poll conducted for the Courier-Journal, Herald Leader, and other media outlets in Louisville and Lexington gives McConnell a four-point lead over Grimes.  The Senate Minority Leader was up two points in a poll taken last month. 

The Grimes campaign said it was pleased with the numbers two months ahead of the November election, noting McConnell’s advantage, while slightly expanding, is still within the margin of error.

New Grimes Ad Criticizes Obama Power Plant Plan

Jun 5, 2014

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has released a radio ad criticizing President Obama for his "pie in the sky" power plant regulations that she says will hurt Kentucky. The ad debuted Wednesday in coal regions in eastern and western Kentucky.

Grimes says in the ad that Obama's plan will lead to utility rate increases, shortages of power and the loss of more coal jobs. She says it's clear Obama has "no idea" how his plan affects the state.

The ad is a response to Obama's plan to order big cuts in pollution discharged by power plants. It represents Grimes' latest attempt to distance herself from Obama, who is unpopular in Kentucky.

She's challenging senate minority leader Mitch McConnell in the fall election. McConnell's campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore called Grimes' ad "transparently political."