May 21st, 2014
02:32 PM ET
3 months ago

The gloves are off in the marquee Senate battle

(CNN) - Kentucky residents awoke Wednesday to a new wave of negative campaign television commercials.

They're just a taste of things to come over the next five months in what's already a very ugly and expensive Senate contest. When it's all over in November, the Bluegrass showdown could break records and become the most expensive Senate campaign in history.

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May 21st, 2014
07:00 AM ET
3 months ago

Mitch McConnell wins primary in Kentucky; CNN projects he'll face Grimes

Louisville, Kentucky (CNN) - It was billed as the day's marquee primary battle, but in the end it was an easy night for Mitch McConnell.

The five-term senator from Kentucky - who's the top Republican in the chamber - defeated tea party-backed challenger Matt Bevin in Tuesday's primary.

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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Congress • Kentucky • Matt Bevin • Mitch McConnell • Senate
May 20th, 2014
07:11 PM ET
3 months ago

McConnell, Grimes win GOP primaries in Kentucky, CNN projects

(CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell bested his tea party-backed rival on Tuesday, cruising to a Republican primary victory in Kentucky, CNN projects.

McConnell will face Alison Lundergan Grimes, who CNN projects will win the Democratic nomination, in November. Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state, would be its first woman senator.

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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate
May 20th, 2014
05:39 AM ET
3 months ago

Mitch McConnell would face biggest challenge yet in Alison Grimes

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell uses sports metaphors to describe why he should be re-elected and not sacked by Democrat Alison Grimes, who would be Kentucky's first woman senator.

"Change the U.S. Senate and make me the offensive coordinator instead of the defensive coordinator," McConnell said to a small but enthusiastic crowd in Bowling Green.

"Sports fans know you can score on defense, but it's hard. When you're on offense, you get to call the plays and set the agenda for Kentucky and for America. That's what makes a big difference."

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Poll: Democrats competitive in key southern showdowns
May 12th, 2014
11:24 AM ET
3 months ago

Poll: Democrats competitive in key southern showdowns

(CNN) - New polls in three southern states with crucial Senate contests this year indicate that Democrats remain very competitive as they try to keep control of the chamber.

But another new survey suggests that Republicans nationwide have a ten point advantage over Democrats when it comes to voter enthusiasm.

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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Arkansas • Georgia • Kentucky • Mark Pryor • Matt Bevin • Michelle Nunn • Mitch McConnell • Poll • Senate • Senate Primaries • Senate Race • Tom Cotton
Grimes highlights helping troops in first TV ad
May 8th, 2014
09:15 AM ET
4 months ago

Grimes highlights helping troops in first TV ad

(CNN) - Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is out with the first television commercial of her Democratic challenge against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

The positive 30-second spot highlights one of Grimes top achievements as secretary of state: a law she pushed for last year that makes it easier for U.S. troops overseas to vote.

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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate • Senate Race
Jack Conway announces bid for governor in Kentucky
May 6th, 2014
01:38 PM ET
4 months ago

Jack Conway announces bid for governor in Kentucky

(CNN) - Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced Tuesday that he's running for governor of the commonwealth in 2015.

Conway was the Democratic nominee who ran against Republican Rand Paul for a U.S. Senate seat in 2010. With a wave of tea party-fueled support, the libertarian-leaning Paul beat Conway by 12-percentage points.

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New numbers in Senate battles in key southern states
April 23rd, 2014
12:41 PM ET
4 months ago

New numbers in Senate battles in key southern states

(CNN) - New polls in four southern states that could determine whether the Democrats keep control of the Senate in this November's midterm elections indicate close contests.

And according to the New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation surveys, released Wednesday, President Barack Obama's approval ratings are in the low 30's in two of those states and hovering at or just above the 40% mark in the other two states. Republicans are trying to frame the midterm contests as a referendum on the President and on his federal health care law, better known as Obamacare.

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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Arkansas • Kay Hagan • Kentucky • Louisiana • Mark Pryor • Mary Landrieu • Mitch McConnell • North Carolina • Senate • Senate Race • Tom Cotton
Poll: Kentucky voters split on a potential Rand Paul presidential campaign
April 23rd, 2014
10:35 AM ET
4 months ago

Poll: Kentucky voters split on a potential Rand Paul presidential campaign

(CNN) – A new poll indicates about a third of Kentucky voters want their home-state senator, Rand Paul, to run for president, while another third want him to stay out of the 2016 race.

According to a New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation survey released Tuesday, 31% of registered voters in the Bluegrass State say "yes" to a Paul presidential bid, compared to 34% who prefer the first term senator to avoid the presidential horse race.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Polls • Rand Paul
Grimes edges out McConnell in Senate cash battle
April 15th, 2014
01:15 PM ET
4 months ago

Grimes edges out McConnell in Senate cash battle

(CNN) - Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes out raised Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell during the first three months of this year, but the five-term senator still holds a more than two-to-one advantage over his Democratic challenger when it comes to money in the bank.

The Senate battle in the Bluegrass State could turn into the most expensive and most bitter contest this year.

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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Kentucky • Matt Bevin • Mitch McConnell • Senate
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