(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.
(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.
(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.
(CNN) - Mitch McConnell's conservative primary challenger is hoping to score some points off of a highly publicized mistake by the Senate Minority Leader's re-election team.
Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, hoping to boost his underdog challenge against McConnell in Kentucky's May Republican primary, is going up with a TV commercial Friday that pokes fun at web video released earlier this week by the senator's campaign that included a clip of a team wearing blue uniforms celebrating a national championship in men's basketball. The major problem was that the team wasn't the Kentucky Wildcats, but instead the Duke University Blue Devils. There's little love among Kentucky college basketball fans for the powerhouse Atlantic Coast Conference school from North Carolina.
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(CNN) - The leaders of some national tea party groups aren't taking kindly to tough talk by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The top Senate Republican, who's running for re-election this year, said over the weekend that he's not concerned about facing a tea party supported primary challenger back home in Kentucky.
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Washington (CNN) - A top Kentucky legislative leader allied with GOP Sen. Rand Paul filed a bill Thursday pushing for changes that would allow the libertarian-leaning lawmaker to simultaneously seek both the presidency and re-election to his Senate seat in 2016.
Republican state Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer's bill says Kentucky's law prohibiting running for two offices at the same time is meant to apply only to state-level offices - not federal offices such as the presidency, the U.S. Senate or the U.S. House.
(CNN) - Kentucky's governor will hire outside lawyers to appeal a federal judge's ruling on same-sex marriage, after the state attorney tearfully refused Tuesday to take part in further legal challenges.
The ruling requires officials to formally recognize legal marriages among gays and lesbians performed outside the state.
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(CNN) - Bill Clinton's back on the trail.
As he's done the past couple of election cycles, the former President's helping fellow Democrats. But this time around, his campaigning comes with the prospect of his wife making a second bid for the White House in 2016.
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(CNN) – In a joint appearance, Kentucky's two U.S. senators, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, shared the floor at a fundraiser in Louisville.
The two attended the "Party for the Party Dinner" of the Jefferson County GOP on Friday evening. Each spoke for a few minutes, attempting to stir supporters and galvanize the grassroots.