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August 2, 2014

Mitch McConnell Outraised by Kentucky Democrat

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat, raised more than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the third quarter, raking in an impressive $2.5 million for the competitive Senate contest.

Lundergan Grimes’ $2.5 million haul is her first as a Senate candidate. She now has $2 million in cash on hand for this top-target Senate contest.

Her third-quarter total is more than the $2.3 million McConnell raised — which McConnell aides have touted as his best quarter to date. It’s an impressive feat for a first-time congressional candidate, as McConnell is routinely among the most prolific fundraisers in Congress.

McConnell reported a little less than $10 million in cash on hand as of Sept. 30. As of the end of June, McConnell’s sum marked the largest campaign war chest of any senator seeking re-election.

Lundergan Grimes’ haul is also more than the $822,000 McConnell’s GOP primary opponent Matt Bevin raised in the third quarter. Bevin’s total includes a $600,000 personal loan to his campaign. He reported $165,000 in cash on hand at the end of the quarter.

Kentucky’s Senate contest is rated a Republican Favored contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • susierosie

    The ACA is doing great in Kentucky. Mitch McConnell has voted to repeal or defund ACA many times. I don’t think this will play good in Kentucky right now.

    • Layla

      Mitch McConnell will lose because he has no backbone, not because of the ACA. He has stayed too long at the public trough and during that time become unbelievably wealthy, as have BOTH SIDES of the aisle.

      That is why the American people are going to replace as many in Congress as possible, BOTH SIDES.

  • Coloredman

    30 years in the Congress is enough. Send him home and watch the kids.

  • Susan Church

    Obstructionist, old boys’ network, blind to the realities average Americans face every day. Get rid of McConnell, and the rest of the bums, both aisles, who have forgotten why they were elected in the first place. Many have gotten very fat from feeding at our trough. We’ve become their caretakers, and their prisoners.
    1) TERM LIMITS = 8 years, then get back to the real world. There have only been 2 or 3 Senators in our entire history who were worth keeping for 30 years. These were Statesmen, not uneducated shysters and hagglers.
    2) No Lifetime Pensions. They can make do with Social Security and Medicare like the rest of us.
    3) No Special Benefits. Healthcare through ACA like the rest of us.
    4) Get rid of Citizens United and its spawns. How many of our elected officials have been bought and sold by large corporations, financial institutions and very very rich people?
    5) Reassess the operations of the Supreme Court. These bozos are legislating from the bench and ram-rodding policy through without the consent of the people. TERM LIMITS = 12 years. It’s not always true that people get wiser with age; they sometimes become entrenched in old views and do not see the future knocking. They have too much power, and no balancing body.

  • AR_Hacker

    after todays whoring by Boehner with the $3 billion dam kickback, Boehner should not even make it out of the primaries

  • Andre Leonard

    I don’t like donkey’s or elephants but at this point. I would be happy to see anyone catapult McConnell out of that chair and into retirement.

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