Kentucky Senate Race

Cuccinelli: McConnell is Going to Go to the Wire

The Hill Staff

Former Virginia Repub. candidate for Governor Ken Cuccinelli makes projections ahead of the Nov. 4 midterm elections and predicts a grim future for GOP candidates turning away from conservative principles. 

McConnell Suddenly in Trouble? Not So Fast.

Jazz Shaw, Hot Air

"This race will still wind up being close, I’m sure. But Ms. Grimes shouldn’t start ordering new drapes for McConnell’s office just yet."

D's Make Risky Bet Against McConnell

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Democrats in DC are taking a risky bet by quadrupling their investment in Alison Lundergan Grimes, a young and largely unproven challenger, who is running against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.).

An Empty GOP Campaign vs. A Winning Conservative Campaign: Thom Tillis in North Carolina and Mitch McConnell in Kentucky

Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell is running a tough, professional campaign and winning by stressing conservative issues. North Carolina Republican Thom Tillis is running a "prevent defense" campaign and is running behind in a race he should be winning.

Time for New Leadership

Erick Erickson, Red State

30 years ago, Mitch McConnell ran for the Senate because his opponent kept claiming to be for spending cuts while raising spending. His opponent kept claiming to be a conservative, while letting big government grow. McConnell needs to be reminded of his own words.

GOP Leads in 7 Senate Races; McConnell in Trouble

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann, NewsMax

Repub. Senate candidates now lead their rivals in seven contests, including 3 involving Dem. incumbents. Repubs. need to win 6 seats to gain control of the Senate.

McConnell Is No Conservative

Brent Bozell, The Hill

Mitch McConnell's empty threats against people who actually helped him for so many years sound silly and desperate. He has proven that he can’t lead, he should step aside for someone else.

Tea Party Patriots Back McConnell Challenger Bevin

Seth McLaughlin, Washington Times

Jenny Beth Martin, president of Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, said, “Unlike the incumbent, Matt Bevin has never voted to raise the debt ceiling, has never cut a deal with Joe Biden to raise taxes by $600 billion, and has never worked to ‘crush’ his political opponents."

McConnell Puts Himself Before the Party, Country

Dan Riehl, RiehlWorld.com

Mitch McConnell needs to go, even at the cost of seeing a Dem. elected in KY. We should no longer support Republicans intent on betraying the limited government, common sense politics for which they ran on. At least Dems. are honest about what they are, as opposed to Republicans like Mitch McConnell.

Rand Paul Looking to Hedge Bet in 2016 Election

Ralph Z. Hallow, Washington Times

Sen. Rand Paul may be seeking to hold on to his seat at the same time he is running for president in 2016. The Kentucky Senate majority leader confirmed Monday that he is working on an unambiguous bill that would allow Mr. Paul to do so.

Cruz Backs Group Hoping to Oust McConnell, Roberts, Cochran

Drew MacKenzie, Newsmax

Ted Cruz has angered the GOP estab. by supporting conservative group the Madison Project, which is attempting to replace incumbent Repub. senators with tea party activists in the midterm elections.

'Retire Mitch' McConnell Signs Pop Up in Kentucky

Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal

Conservative opponents of Mitch McConnell have installed "Retire Mitch" yard signs throughout Kentucky. FreedomWorks for America, which announced that it's endorsing McConnell’s GOP primary challenger, Matt Bevin, and would spend up to $500,000 toward that cause, paid for the signs.

McConnell's Poll Slip=Trouble for GOP?

James Hohmann, Politico

Mitch McConnell trails his Dem. opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, by 4 points in a new poll. The survey also found Obama to be slightly more popular than the longtime incumbent senator. Only 27% view McConnell favorably.

McConnell Losing Ground; Bevin Up in Polls

Rasmussen Reports Staff

Mitch McConnell runs dead even with Dem. challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at the '14 Kentucky Senate race. But McConnell’s GOP primary rival Matt Bevin leads Grimes by four points.

McConnell Plummets In Polls; Seen as Less Conservative Now

Dan Reihl, ReihlWorld.com

McConnell has dropped 15% since his boys Brad Dayspring and Josh Holmes at the NRSC have started attacking conservatives. Less than half of the respondents think McConnell is as conservative today as when he was first elected.

KY GOP Wants Fed. Probe of Dem. Senate Primary

Tom Howell Jr., Washington Times

The Kentucky GOP wants federal prosecutors to investigate claims by Dem. U.S. Senate candidate Ed Marksberry that he was offered favors from contender Alison Lundergan Grimes to drop out of the race.

Biggest Thing You Can Do to Improve GOP: Defeat McConnell

Erick Erickson, Red State

When you beat the sitting Senate Repub. Leader in a primary, suddenly Washington knows the grassroots are in charge. The attacks on conservatives will only get worse until conservatives beat Mitch McConnell.

Anxious McConnell Touts TeaParty Ties

Alexandra Jaffe, The Hill

In a recent video, McConnell is shown signing his filing papers with Rand Paul and state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer (R), who are both Tea Party favorites in Kentucky. 

McConnell Nearly as Unpopular as Obama

Keith Brekhus, PoliticsUSA.com

A recent survey finds that Mitch McConnell is despised by KY voters, with 31% approving of his job performance and 61% disapproving. He's become almost as unpopular as Obama in the deep red state.

US Chamber Fighting TeaParty for McC

Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Bloomberg News

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pouring about $180,000 into TV ads for Mitch McConnell, whose primary fight against a Tea Party-backed rival is shaping up as a test of establishment efforts to reclaim the GOP.