(CNN) - It's a fundraising showdown in one of the nation's high stakes Senate contest this year.
Democratic challenger Alison Grimes' campaign announced Tuesday it brought in over $4 million in the past three months - the most a senate candidate in the state has raised during a quarter fundraising period - with $6.2 million cash on hand.
(CNN) - Alison Lundergan Grimes released her first statewide television ad on Tuesday in Kentucky's highly competitive Senate race, but it won't be the only one Blue Grass state residents see this week.
The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, an outside group backing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, launched an ad of its own, which questions his Democratic challenger's stance on a number of issues.
(CNN) - Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic Senate nominee in Kentucky, released a radio ad Wednesday slamming President Barack Obama for "pie in the sky regulations" aimed at her state's coal industry.
Grimes has made it a point to draw a bold line between herself and the White House - most recently on the Obama administration's new Environmental Protection Agency rule that would drastically reduce carbon emission from power plants.
CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on "Inside Politics" to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.
1. THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION FLASHPOINT
The Veterans Affairs crisis ended this week in the resignation of General Shinseki, but Steve Inskeep of NPR says the next agency to come under scrutiny might be Homeland Security.
(CNN) - Rand Paul is defending his relationship with Mitch McConnell after helping his fellow Kentuckian defeat a tea party-backed challenger in a GOP Senate primary.
"I came out of the tea party movement. I'm very concerned about the debt. I'm very concerned about big government," Paul said on Friday. "But I think the misnomer is to think somehow Senator McConnell isn't. That's what his whole entire career has been predicated upon - fighting against big government."
(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.
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.
(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.
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."
(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.