May 20th, 2014
07:11 PM ET
9 years 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.

In his campaign for a sixth term, McConnell fought off anti-establishment Republicans, who threw their support behind businessman Matt Bevin.

Five other states were holding primaries on Tuesday.

Filed under: 2014 • Alison Lundergan Grimes • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state, would be its first woman senator.

    Its about time Kentucky !

    May 20, 2014 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    -drive this nasty thug direct democratic ticket if you care for USA. God bless!!!

    May 20, 2014 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    If the people get out and vote, Grime's will mop the floor with him. I'd love to see this happen.

    May 20, 2014 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  4. bubba, loyal republican

    Go turtle man! I thought his name was Ernie.

    May 20, 2014 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  5. Liz the First

    Let's hope come November, the people of Kentucky remember how unpopular this republican is and sweep him and most other of his kind out of office. mcconnell has done nothing to help this country and a great deal to hurt it and the people of his state. the republican ideology is bad for America and bad for Americans, unless they happen to be multi-billionaire oligarchs.

    May 20, 2014 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  6. sonnie3

    I think Mitch should have been put out to pasture. Not very effective. Just a leach on a government log.

    May 20, 2014 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  7. S. B. Stein

    I was so hoping to hear that McConnell lost it. I mean the election rather than his reasonableness. I don't think that he really had any reasonableness in years.

    May 20, 2014 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Why is it that gop/tea bags are always spouting off about wanting local control and states' rights, when they don't seem to have a problem with a couple billionaires like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson spending millions on elections and candidates and pulling strings all around the country?

    May 21, 2014 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  9. J.V.Hodgson

    It is simple for me. If Republicans come even close to losing Mitches seat there will be no takeover of the senate by the the GOP and it will back up into the house and GOP will lose, rather than gain seats.
    Watch this space in November 2014!!

    May 21, 2014 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  10. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    Grimes looks good to me , time for a change and to get rid of the king of obstruction Or do you all want two more years of these GOP CLOWNS doing nothing and getting paid 174,000 a year of YOUR money , that's the GOP agenda , do nothing until 2016 and blame Obama for it, the GOP party of STUPID thinks no body in the country knows what their doing but they will find out in November that we ALL know .

    May 21, 2014 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  11. Marie MD

    I take it that this guy and the bo ner are NOT on the same page?
    He beats an anti repug candidate. Bo ner says that the antiquated and koch derived party are the same.
    Not sure how many votes went for each candidate but did see last night that Grimes was winning by a pretty HUGE margin.
    GO GRIMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2014 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  12. king

    i wonder how much the mega corporations payed cnn to spatter Mitch the twit photo all over the front page as promotion. i don't see grimes photo anywhere, to let the people know who she is. lesson folks america just cannot afford another 2 years of repubs obstructionism. they refuse to give the elected party any kind of agenda. THE PEOPLE ELECTED THIS PRESIDENT TWICE TO DO HIS A AGENDA. they are not fools, they've seen how repub policies have ravished this country during the Bush years they don't want to go through that again, or some of us. our country infrastructure is falling down in to rubbles, and all the repubs can do is point across the railroad tracks, saying that them folks over their is scrounging off your tax dollars. getting these folks emotional throwing away logic through the window, allowing the repubs to suck money out of the country, give it to the rich international mega corporations, to build china into a mega super power. this divide and conquer apparadus the repubs have been using is old and effective. all they have to do is tell neighbors that neighbors are free loading off them, and get them more than willing to give build china instead of our crumbling infrastructure.

    May 21, 2014 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  13. Tampa Tim

    Since 5 term Mitch has no accomplishments and a 29 percent approval look for his campaign to go negative like no other one KY has seen.

    May 21, 2014 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    You're going down Pork Barrel Mitch! Your party is tired of YOU!!!

    May 21, 2014 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    “Nothing about this election change who is in the White House…Sen. McConnell, this race, is between you and me. It is my number one priority that Mitch McConnell doesn’t see another term. I am not an empty dress, nor a rubber stamp, and I'm not a cheerleader. I will answer to the people, not the president — no matter who he or she might be. I am a proud Kentucky woman, and no Kentucky woman will sit on the back bench."
    Mitch, you've got a problem. She's Kentucky through and through and you're nothing but the bacon guy who has exceeded his time in Congress. I believe the people of Kentucky want a new face representing them in the U.S. Senate. Your time is up Mitch!

    GRIMES 2014

    May 21, 2014 08:32 am at 8:32 am |