McConnell Defeats Bevin In Primary, Will Face Grimes In Fall

By Kayla Moody

Published 05/20 2014 11:00PM

Updated 05/20 2014 11:14PM

With a primary victory now in Sen. Mitch McConnell's back pocket, he heads for his real test -- the November general election. That's where McConnell will face current Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Recent polls suggest the race could be a toss-up.

The Bluegrass Poll shows McConnell and Grimes are tied among Kentucky voters. According to the same poll, McConnell currently has a 49-percent unfavorable opinion among Kentucky voters. That's exceeded by the 57-percent who think unfavorably of President Barack Obama. It's clear that one of McConnell's campaign strategies will be attempting to tie Grimes to the president

"A vote for my opponent is a vote for Obamacare and the president who sold it to us on a mountain of lies," McConnell told supporters during a victory speech Tuesday evening after defeating challenger Matt Bevin. "That's why this race isn't about one party against another. It's about a government that thinks it can lie to its own citizens and get away with it."

Grimes says she's a new face for Kentucky, while McConnell argues it would be a major step backward to trade-in his clout and influence for a rookie senator. The five term incumbent says he expects to become majority leader if the GOP takes control of the Senate.

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