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September 12, 2013

Syria Radio Ad Aired by GOP Georgia Senate Candidate | #GASEN

Georgia Republican Senate candidate Karen Handel launched a radio spot Thursday contrasting her position on intervention in Syria with that of Michelle Nunn, the likely Democratic nominee.

Nunn said last week that she would support a “limited, defined and strategic military action” in Syria. After noting in her 60-second spot that she “would vote against the authorization of military force,” Handel refers to Nunn as “just another vote for Harry Reid or Barack Obama.” Full story

September 10, 2013

McConnell Primary Challenger Vows ‘Expensive Race’ (Video)

The candidate: Businessman Matt Bevin, a Republican
The member: Bevin is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
The state: Kentucky hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1992 or for president since 1996, but McConnell is the top target of national Democrats in 2014. The general election is rated Republican Favored by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
The candidate’s team: Cold Spark Media is doing media and general consulting.

Louisville businessman Matt Bevin’s candidacy added another challenge for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election to a sixth term. As the top target of national Democrats, the Kentucky Republican is also working to hold off Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the likely Democratic nominee.

On one side, McConnell is being hit for being an “obstructionist” in the Senate. But at the same time, Bevin, who announced his bid in July, says McConnell isn’t obstructionist enough. Full story

September 5, 2013

TV Ad Targets McConnell on Obamacare Defunding | #KYSEN (Video)

TV Ad Targets McConnell on Obamacare Defunding | #KYSEN (Video)

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate Conservatives Fund is upping its ante against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell by launching a TV attack ad statewide.

The ad is aimed at urging the Kentucky Republican to lead an effort that seeks to tie upcoming spending bills to a push by rank-and-file Republicans to defund President Barack Obama’s health care law. Critics of that effort, including some GOP leaders, have said demanding that Obamacare be defunded as part of the spending bill debate would only shut down the government, while mandatory spending on the health care law would continue.

McConnell himself has said that shutting down the government will not accomplish the goal of stopping Obamacare.

The ad is backed by $340,000 and is running on broadcast and cable TV statewide Sept. 6-17, according to the SCF, which announced the ad buy on Thursday. It’s a follow-up to a similarly themed radio ad that the group launched last week. All told, the SCF has dumped nearly $400,000 into the race in the past two weeks. Full story

August 27, 2013

Two Conservative Groups Target McConnell in Radio Ads | #KYSEN

Two outside groups that support conservative candidates have launched radio ads this week targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The Senate Conservatives Fund announced Tuesday that it’s spending nearly $50,000 to run a statewide radio ad for the next two weeks that urges the Kentucky Republican to oppose funding President Barack Obama’s health care law. It’s run similar ads against six other Republican senators, though not all are up for re-election next year.

The Madison Project, which has officially endorsed McConnell’s GOP primary opponent, Matt Bevin, went a step further in its ad, calling on conservatives to “dump” McConnell. The group spent just more than $27,000 on its statewide ad, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Full story

August 22, 2013

McConnell Poll Shows Lead With Tea Party Republicans | #KYSEN

Facing a spirited Republican primary challenge in Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell released a poll on Thursday that found he still has the support of more than two-thirds of GOP voters.

McConnell led Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, 68 percent to 21 percent, with 8 percent of voters undecided. Given the six-term incumbent’s superior name ID, his wide lead is not surprising.

But the internal poll offered the incumbent some encouraging numbers among the primary voters likely to be Bevin’s base. According to the campaign’s polling memo, the lead holds up across several several demographic segments of the party, including “very conservative” voters and “Tea Party Republicans.” Full story

August 20, 2013

McConnell Strikes Again on TV Against GOP Challenger | #KYSEN (Video)

In his latest TV ad, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell attempts to undercut the credibility of his Republican primary challenger in Kentucky.

Referring to tea-party-backed Louisville businessman Matt Bevin as “Bailout Bevin,” the ad, supported by a six-figure buy, claims Bevin has prevaricated about past tax issues and his connection to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A McConnell news release from this morning states that “it appears the only thing we really know about Matt Bailout Bevin is that he’s not a Kentucky conservative.” Full story

August 2, 2013

Democratic Polls Show Tight Race for McConnell #KYSEN

Democratic Polls Show Tight Race for McConnell #KYSEN

McConnell sent one of his top aides to his campaign this week. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two Democratic polls released in the past two days showed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell virtually tied in his re-election race in the Bluegrass State.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who formally launched her challenge to the Republican this week, led 44 percent to 42 percent in a survey conducted by her pollster, Mark Mellman. The poll of 750 likely voters was taken July 20-24.

The Democrat’s 2-point lead was within the poll’s 3.6-point margin of error, but the results indicate at this early point that McConnell has a race on his hands in this Republican-leaning state. Full story

July 24, 2013

The Race to Define McConnell’s Primary Challenger #KYSEN

It’s the race to define Matt Bevin in Kentucky, as the Republican primary challenger kicks off his Senate campaign and a statewide tour Wednesday.

The campaigns of both Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Bevin, McConnell’s primary challenger, released TV ads this morning introducing the businessman to Kentucky.

While Bevin took shots at McConnell’s votes and leadership in the Senate in his opening salvo, he also made sure to lay out his résumé: “Matt Bevin: Small-town roots, successful businessman, father of nine, veteran, conservative, Republican for U.S. Senate.”

Full story

July 23, 2013

Super PAC Launches New Ad Against McConnell #KYSEN

A Democratic super PAC is up with a new TV ad targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, part of a media campaign that will run through Election Day 2014.

The Senate Majority PAC ad is running statewide with a buy size of nearly $270,000, according to a spokesman. It plays up the label national Democrats are attaching to McConnell in an effort to defeat him next year: “guardian of gridlock.”

The goal is for voters to see McConnell as someone solely focused on obstructing government, rather than on his home state.

“He calls himself the guardian of gridlock, grinding the Senate to a halt, even when it hurts Kentucky,” the ad’s announcer says.

Full story

July 21, 2013

The Grimes Road Map to Defeat Mitch McConnell

For Democrats to win statewide in Kentucky, they must run up the score in urban areas without turning off voters in the state’s agricultural and coal counties. That’s as hard as it sounds — especially when a candidate can be painted by the competition as unsupportive of coal, one of the state’s crucial economic engines.

Exit Ashley Judd; enter Alison Lundergan Grimes. Full story

July 19, 2013

Another Super PAC Ad Targets Grimes #KYSEN

A Republican super PAC is taking another swipe on the airwaves at the Kentucky Democrat challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, which launched its first ad against Alison Lundergan Grimes on June 25, is up with a new ad tying the Kentucky secretary of state to President Barack Obama and the national party. The group spent $270,000 to run the spot statewide on cable and broadcast, according to a released statement.

“Obamacare; the war on coal; big spending; higher taxes. That’s Obama’s platform, and Alison Lundergan Grimes supports it,” says the ad’s announcer. Full story

June 25, 2013

Pro-McConnell Super PAC Hits Airwaves #KYSEN

A super PAC supporting the re-election of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell launched its first TV ad of the cycle on Tuesday.

The $260,000 ad buy from Kentuckians for Strong Leadership targets a prospective McConnell challenger, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who has yet to announce whether she will run. The ad ties Grimes to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Barack Obama.

Watch “Rubber Stamp” here:

Full story

June 20, 2013

Super PAC Targets McConnell #KYSEN

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is the target of a negative media campaign that will run from now until Election Day 2014, a Democrat-aligned super PAC announced on Thursday.

Senate Majority PAC and its nonprofit affiliate Patriot Majority USA launched a “major” statewide TV buy to kick off the effort against the Kentucky Republican, who is seeking a sixth term next year.

 

Full story

June 12, 2013

Isakson: ‘Perfect Storm’ Could Flip Senate Seat #GASEN

Isakson: Perfect Storm Could Flip Senate Seat #GASEN

Isakson said a "perfect storm" could put the Georgia Senate seat in play. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., said the mixture of a trending-purple state and a bloody GOP primary could hinder the party’s ability next year to hold the Georgia Senate seat of his retiring colleague.

“It should be a Republican seat, but there’s a perfect storm that could happen that could make that challenging,” said Isakson when he was asked about the race Wednesday at the annual tax, budget and health care policy seminar hosted by BakerHostetler. Full story

March 28, 2013

Kentucky: DSCC Hits McConnell on Radio in First Spot of Cycle

Kentucky: DSCC Hits McConnell on Radio in First Spot of Cycle

Democrats are targeting McConnell. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A day after actress Ashley Judd declined to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democrats went up with a week-long radio advertisement Thursday attacking the Kentucky Republican.

The basketball themed, 60-second radio spot marks the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s first campaign advertisement of the 2014 cycle. A DSCC aide declined to go into detail about the exact size of the buy but said it cost “five figures or more.”

Democrats face an uphill battle in the Bluegrass State, which has consistently voted for Republicans for federal office in recent cycles. What’s more, McConnell — and his $7.4 million campaign war chest — is known for his brutal campaigns. Despite this, the Kentucky race remains one of Democrats’ best opportunities to pick up a seat in 2014.

Several local Democrats, plus Judd, have declined to challenge McConnell. However, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has reportedly spoken with the DSCC about running and, according to a local television station WHAS, could file exploratory committee paperwork as early as next week.

The DSCC could be using this spot to show Grimes they are willing to support her if she enters the race:

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