August 8th, 2013
04:15 PM ET
1 year ago

Secret telephone recording roils McConnell campaign

Washington (CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign manager, Jesse Benton, stressed his loyalty to the Kentucky Republican Thursday just hours after a recording surfaced of Benton expressing half-hearted support for McConnell.

Benton made the off-message comments in a January telephone conversation with conservative activist Dennis Fusaro, a former colleague from Texas Rep. Ron Paul's 2008 presidential campaign.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Mitch McConnell
August 5th, 2013
09:47 AM ET
1 year ago

Sparks fly in Senate race at Kentucky's Fancy Farm picnic



(CNN) -
It's one of the country's hallmark political slugfests. And on Saturday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was dealt a large portion of the blows.

At Kentucky's annual Fancy Farm picnic, politicians from the state gather at the event hosted by St. Jerome's Catholic Church in Graves County, tucked away in the southwest corner of the Blue Grass State.
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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Kentucky • Matt Bevin • Mitch McConnell • Senate
First on CNN: McConnell challenger rolls out attack
July 30th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
1 year ago

First on CNN: McConnell challenger rolls out attack

(CNN) - Mitch McConnell's Democratic challenger will call the Senate Republican leader a "guardian of gridlock" Tuesday afternoon, as she formally kicks off her campaign to try and unseat the powerful senator in next year's midterm elections.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes launches her bid with a campaign event in Lexington, Kentucky, the first stop of a multi-day tour through the Bluegrass state. Her race against McConnell, who's running for a sixth term in office next year, could end up being the most expensive and nasty 2014 Senate contest in the country.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Mitch McConnell
Primary challenger to top Senate Republican lands conservative endorsement
July 29th, 2013
08:39 AM ET
1 year ago

Primary challenger to top Senate Republican lands conservative endorsement

Washington (CNN) - One day before the Democratic challenger to Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky formally kicks off her campaign, the candidate who's launched a conservative primary challenge to the top Republican in the U.S. Senate has landed an important endorsement.

The Madison Project PAC, a national conservative PAC that helps elect candidates, on Monday will endorse Matt Bevin's 2014 bid for the Senate against McConnell, who's served nearly three decades and is running for a sixth term in office next year.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Matt Bevin • Mitch McConnell
Conservative challenger takes on top Senate Republican
July 24th, 2013
10:48 AM ET
1 year ago

Conservative challenger takes on top Senate Republican

Updated 4:09 p.m. ET, 7/23

(CNN) – As Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell fends off attacks from the left in his 2014 Senate campaign, the Kentucky senator will now have to beat back an opponent from the right. But McConnell wasted no time in pushing back against his new primary challenger

Louisville businessman Matt Bevin announced Wednesday he'll take on McConnell in a Republican primary, saying the five-term incumbent has been in office long enough.
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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Kentucky • Matt Bevin • Mitch McConnell • Senate
Potential McConnell challenger to announce Senate decision
July 22nd, 2013
10:22 AM ET
1 year ago

Potential McConnell challenger to announce Senate decision

Updated 1:50 p.m. ET, 7/22

(CNN) - After months of speculation, Republican Matt Bevin will announce Wednesday whether he'll take on the Senate's most powerful Republican in a GOP primary for next year's election.

Bevin, a Louisville, Kentucky businessman with tea party ties, has been considering a possible challenge against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
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Filed under: Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate
Senate GOP leaders look outside as they run for re-election
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas
July 11th, 2013
01:29 PM ET
1 year ago

Senate GOP leaders look outside as they run for re-election

Updated 1:41 p.m. ET

Washington (CNN) – They're the top two ranked Republicans in the U.S. Senate, and they're both running for re-election next year.

And now, both Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas have both reached out to veterans of the grassroots conservative movement to run their re-election campaigns.
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Filed under: 2014 • John Cornyn • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate • Texas
Web wars start early in crucial 2014 Senate battle
July 5th, 2013
02:22 PM ET
1 year ago

Web wars start early in crucial 2014 Senate battle

(CNN) - The first website dedicated to Alison Lundergan Grimes' Democratic challenge to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell had no connection to the candidate. Instead it belonged to the GOP.

Two days after Kentucky's secretary of state announced Monday that she would launch a bid to take on the five-term senator, GrimesForSenate.org went up online, courtesy of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
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Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate
McConnell vs. Grimes: Let's get ready to rumble
Sen. Mitch McConnell released a video Tuesday bashing Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.
July 2nd, 2013
03:12 PM ET
1 year ago

McConnell vs. Grimes: Let's get ready to rumble

(CNN) - It's game on in Kentucky, in what could end up being the most expensive and nasty 2014 Senate race in the country.

One day after Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who many in the Democratic party consider their best hope to unseat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in next year's midterm elections, announced that she'll challenge the longtime GOP senator, and the emails from both sides are flying.
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McConnell gets an opponent, and Dems land candidate
July 1st, 2013
04:35 PM ET
1 year ago

McConnell gets an opponent, and Dems land candidate

Updated at 6:24 p.m. ET on Monday, July 1

(CNN) - National Democrats have landed their candidate to face off against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

Kentucky's Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who many in the party consider their best hope to try and unseat McConnell in next year's midterm elections, announced Monday that she will form a campaign in the next two weeks.
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Filed under: 2014 • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate
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