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Mitch McConnell's Tight Kentucky Senate Race Might Hinge on Turnout
newsmax.com ^ | 7/28/14 | Jennifer Hickey

Posted on 07/28/2014 1:02:10 PM PDT by cotton1706

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes' chances of upsetting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election bid may have brightened with the release of new polling data and a pledge from former President Bill Clinton to campaign on her behalf.

A July 19 Human Events/Gravis poll of 1,054 registered Kentucky voters found McConnell running even at 45 percent with Grimes.

"With only 10 percent of the voters undecided, it is hard to see either candidate breaking out. It really looks like it will be close through to the end with the decision turning on turnout," Doug Kaplan, the president of Gravis Marketing told Human Events.

Allison Moore, a spokeswoman for the McConnell campaign, told the paper that findings from a June poll they conducted of 807 likely voters found McConnell leading Grimes 49 percent to 42 percent.

She said McConnell is "well positioned for re-election in Kentucky, and every day his campaign is growing stronger."

Grimes' campaign has received a commitment from Clinton to attend an Aug. 6 fundraiser, according to The Hill.

Clinton appeared at a fundraiser in February 2013 and helped to raise more than $600,000 for Grimes’ campaign, reports The Hill. Grimes’ father, Jerry Lundergan, helped manage Bill Clinton's Kentucky campaigns.

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If McConnell is depending on conservatives turning out for him, he's doomed.
1 posted on 07/28/2014 1:02:10 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Would hate to lose the seat, but would love to see McCockle join Cantor’s lobbyist group.


2 posted on 07/28/2014 1:03:56 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: cotton1706

How’s that “punch in the face” working out for you, Mitchie?


3 posted on 07/28/2014 1:04:38 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: cotton1706

You may be right but after the fix Obama and the Democrats have put us in I hope we are destroyed if this country allows the Democrats to control the Senate. The Devil could be no worse!


4 posted on 07/28/2014 1:05:01 PM PDT by El Zoro
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To: headstamp 2
How’s that “punch in the face” working out for you, Mitchie?

Oops.


5 posted on 07/28/2014 1:05:56 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: cotton1706

The Chinless One will soon be changing office locations if turnout is the key.

Voting [again] for that man would be like a victim marrying the rapist after the rape.

This just brings up the bile in my throat to know that my choice is Grimes or McConnell. Talk about screwed.


6 posted on 07/28/2014 1:08:24 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: Paine in the Neck

LOL


7 posted on 07/28/2014 1:08:38 PM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: cotton1706

Then he is screwed and, in all honesty, I like that. He MUST go.


8 posted on 07/28/2014 1:08:54 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: cotton1706
Mitch McConnell's Tight Kentucky Senate Race Might Hinge on Turnout

Thank you, Captain Obvious

9 posted on 07/28/2014 1:11:01 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: All

With only one exception, McConnell has never broken 60% in any of his general election match-ups.

Here are his final winning percentages:

1984 - 49.9%
1990 - 52.2%
1996 - 55.5%
2002 - 64.7%
2008 - 53.0%


10 posted on 07/28/2014 1:15:14 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: ChildOfThe60s

I’m just curious, is there no third party candidate you could vote for instead. Granted, the 3rd party candidate won’t win, and both mainstream choices are pretty darn awful, but you will feel better by having voted and not voting for either of them.


11 posted on 07/28/2014 1:17:12 PM PDT by erkelly
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To: cotton1706
pledge from former President Bill Clinton to campaign on her behalf.

Kiss of death from Grimes. No one Clinton has campaigned for in a red state has won.

12 posted on 07/28/2014 1:18:15 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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4 Weeks
29%

Please Donate!

13 posted on 07/28/2014 1:18:57 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: cotton1706

Don’t all elections depend on turnout?


14 posted on 07/28/2014 1:24:33 PM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: cotton1706
If McConnell is depending on conservatives turning out for him, he's doomed.

Well, Rick Perry did endorse him. And, in spite of Perry's liberal leanings there are a lot of FReepers who believe he is conservative. Look for Ricky to campaign for RINO McConnell and try to help him win.

15 posted on 07/28/2014 1:32:34 PM PDT by South40 (Hillary Clinton was a "great secretary of state". - Texas Governor Rick Perry)
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To: cotton1706

Ruh-roh...looks like he shouldn’t have gloated about crushing the TEA Party. He foolishly set fire to the bridge that he is now trying to stand on.


16 posted on 07/28/2014 1:33:14 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: cotton1706

My guess is there are a lot of Alison Lundergan Grimes supporters here.

If so, you are a traitor and turncoat to your principles and nation.


17 posted on 07/28/2014 1:33:51 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: cotton1706

Could this have anything to do with Mitchie the Kid being a gutless, RINO sellout? NAAAAH!!!!


18 posted on 07/28/2014 1:37:59 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: cotton1706

Who in their right mind would go to the polls for the purpose of re-electing Mitch McConnell? Almost any other thing you had to do that day would have priority over that.


19 posted on 07/28/2014 1:40:03 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: cotton1706

After what McConnell did to his own conservatives in KY and of course,
MS, I would not count on big turnouts by conservatives.

McConnell is a goner. Good riddance.


20 posted on 07/28/2014 1:46:31 PM PDT by tennmountainman (True conservatives don't like being rained on by their own party!)
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To: ifinnegan

Throwing bombs like “traitor to principles and nation” around the forum you come off like a party hack trying to defend the indefensible.


21 posted on 07/28/2014 1:52:32 PM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: cotton1706

McConnell needs to burn. It is far more valuable to the country that the man who deliberately attacked the Tea Party be thrown out of office than that we retain a weak milk-sop Rino who won’t do anything of any value for us.


22 posted on 07/28/2014 1:53:38 PM PDT by DiogenesLamp (Partus Sequitur Patrem)
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To: cotton1706

Dislike McConnell as much as anyone, but if the damn dems hold the Senate majority, there’ll be unhappy times ahead.

The time to kick Mitch was in the Primary. Either his opponent didn’t have enough money or enough voter support or Mitch stole the election. Same thing happened with Cornyn, his two main Primary opponents (one likely a strawman) didn’t have enough powder to blow their noses.


23 posted on 07/28/2014 1:54:12 PM PDT by X-spurt (CRUZ missile - armed and ready.)
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To: cotton1706

The bottom line is that while Grimes is a Democrat, she fights all Republicans. McConnell fights the Tea Party, not the Democrats. And he is in a position to cause far more harm to conservative causes by stabbing us in the back.

She would be a fairly powerless freshman senator, but for McConnell to lose would kick the GOP-e and the RINOs in their pasty, shriveled up rear ends.


24 posted on 07/28/2014 1:55:30 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: txrefugee
Ruh-roh...looks like he shouldn’t have gloated about crushing the TEA Party. He foolishly set fire to the bridge that he is now trying to stand on.

It is the duty of people who believe in the principles put forth by the Tea Party to guillotine that traitor's neck.

Again, the nation needs for this man to be made into an example.

25 posted on 07/28/2014 1:56:52 PM PDT by DiogenesLamp (Partus Sequitur Patrem)
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To: X-spurt

I wouldn’t vote for McConnell, he doesn’t stand for anything I do. I would skip that line on the ballot.


26 posted on 07/28/2014 1:57:55 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: erkelly
Write in someone you think is the best man or woman for the job. Hell, vote for yourself if there is no other option. At this point, it doesn't matter, 'cause we're screwed one way or the other. Load the magazines, 'cause it's coming sooner rather than later.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

27 posted on 07/28/2014 1:59:41 PM PDT by wku man (Veterans, it's up to us to save the Republic...let's roll.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I always hate to see a Senate seat go Democrat. Mitch is pretty bad but we need control of the Senate in a bad way.


28 posted on 07/28/2014 1:59:54 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: cotton1706

With the terrible economy and this country being run in to the ground by 0bama and the democrats, these races should be slam dunks for the republican party. Instead, the leadership of the republican party is just as out of touch with the American people and reality as the democrats are. Too bad the people of Kentucky didn’t primary McConnell. He needed to be.

CGato


29 posted on 07/28/2014 2:02:31 PM PDT by Conservative Gato
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To: txrefugee
Ruh-roh...looks like he shouldn’t have gloated about crushing the TEA Party. He foolishly set fire to the bridge that he is now trying to stand on.

It is the duty of people who believe in the principles put forth by the Tea Party to guillotine that traitor's neck.

Again, the nation needs for this man to be made into an example.

30 posted on 07/28/2014 2:03:04 PM PDT by DiogenesLamp (Partus Sequitur Patrem)
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To: ifinnegan

At what point is voting for the lesser of two evils not good enough? While I would be hard-pressed to vote for Grimes, it would be equally difficult to vote for McConnell. He’s been a disaster the past few years. Since keeping Obamacare unanimous, he’s done more to help Obama than a Democrat could be.

By the way, if I was in MS, I WOULD cast a vote for the Dem after the Cochran campaign’s antics. Despicable race bating by our own party can not be tolerated.


31 posted on 07/28/2014 2:03:48 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Milch as Senate Majority Leader.

Out of the frying pan...

32 posted on 07/28/2014 2:04:44 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: ifinnegan
My guess is there are a lot of Alison Lundergan Grimes supporters here.

If so, you are a traitor and turncoat to your principles and nation.

Nobody supports Grimes. *I* fully support the idea of our enemy killing one of our traitors.

You want to shoot us in the back? Yeah, I hope the enemy puts you down. McConnell needs to be fragged by his own side.

33 posted on 07/28/2014 2:05:29 PM PDT by DiogenesLamp (Partus Sequitur Patrem)
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To: X-spurt
"...there’ll be unhappy times ahead."

In case you hadn't noticed, we've been in unhappy times for 15-20 years now. They keep getting worse, yet we chicken shi'ite so-called "conservatives" and Pubbies stay meek, quiet, and cowed.

Many of us thought 9-11 would've been enough to wake us up, but evidently not. Because we've been so worthless, lazy and silent, we're going to have to fight for our freedom. As Churchill said, as frightening as that is, it's better than living as slaves.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

34 posted on 07/28/2014 2:05:30 PM PDT by wku man (Veterans, it's up to us to save the Republic...let's roll.)
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To: ilgipper

McConnell literally declared war on the TEA Party and uses his influence to defund TEA Party candidates and whatever else. I have no doubt he is busy doing those things.


35 posted on 07/28/2014 2:05:45 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: RightOnTheBorder

I don’t care because it’s not the case.

Letting her win will have decades of impact on KY and on the nation.

McConnell will be gone after this one term. She will be there decades.

Just wait. There are six years to get the best candidate to win the primary in 2020.

My comment is to reflect my contempt for those who cannot even support the conservative insurgency with patience and planning but must destroy by siding with liberals and leftists.


36 posted on 07/28/2014 2:07:27 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: DiogenesLamp

There are people who support Grimes.

Not voting for McConnell in the general helps put Grimes in.

That will give KY their own Feinstein/Boxer crazy liberal leftist in a lifetime seat.

On the other hand, McConnell is an old man and this will be his last term.


37 posted on 07/28/2014 2:10:38 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: ifinnegan

“My guess is there are a lot of Alison Lundergan Grimes supporters here.”

You would be incorrect. There are, however, any number of those who remember the continual treachery of Mitch McConnell, and would not lift a finger to help him. He hates conservatives so much, let him struggle in his election and win without their votes...if he can.


38 posted on 07/28/2014 2:11:56 PM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: ifinnegan
That will give KY their own Feinstein/Boxer crazy liberal leftist in a lifetime seat.

I know that we presume Senate seats to be lifetime, but would that really be true in a state like Kentucky?

Do you really think that Grimes could play the incumbency card if she spent the next six years aligning with Harry Reid in a red state?

Maybe the Scott Brown example is more apt. A Republican in a Massachusetts Senate seat? A one-time fluke of circumstance that was corrected in the next general election?

Would a Grimes win in 2014 be more like that?

-PJ

39 posted on 07/28/2014 2:13:57 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: X-spurt
The time to kick Mitch was in the Primary. Either his opponent didn’t have enough money or enough voter support or Mitch stole the election. Same thing happened with Cornyn, his two main Primary opponents (one likely a strawman) didn’t have enough powder to blow their noses.

You are aware that Mitch McConnell is involved in, and providing funding for the "RACIST!" smear of McDaniels (and the entire National Tea Party) in Mississippi?

We may take a short term loss of a Senate seat, but the benefit of eradicating this traitor is so much greater than that.

It is essential to our cause to chop off Mitch McConnell's head.

40 posted on 07/28/2014 2:14:19 PM PDT by DiogenesLamp (Partus Sequitur Patrem)
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To: txrefugee
Ruh-roh...looks like he shouldn’t have gloated about crushing the TEA Party. He foolishly set fire to the bridge that he is now trying to stand on.

av Old saying: don't spit in the water. You might have to drink it.

41 posted on 07/28/2014 2:15:14 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Political Junkie Too

“Do you really think that Grimes could play the incumbency card if she spent the next six years aligning with Harry Reid in a red state?”

Yes.

And do you really want to gamble that you are right just to put McConnell in his place?


42 posted on 07/28/2014 2:16:26 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: GeronL
I wouldn’t vote for McConnell, he doesn’t stand for anything I do. I would skip that line on the ballot.

If you stay home you will do one vote worth of damage.

If you vote for the Democrat, you will do two votes worth of damage.

If you've made up your mind to hurt McConnell, why do it half way?

Were I in Kentucky, I would, for the first time in my life, vote for the Democrat. I would regard it as a duty to do so.

43 posted on 07/28/2014 2:17:30 PM PDT by DiogenesLamp (Partus Sequitur Patrem)
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To: erkelly

“I’m just curious, is there no third party candidate you could vote for instead.”

That would just put the liberal leftist Grimes in the Senate.


44 posted on 07/28/2014 2:17:48 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I hear ya. I’m not that enthused but it would be somewhat better than Reid.


45 posted on 07/28/2014 2:18:42 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: ifinnegan
Yes. He's that much more destructive on the party inside than Grimes would be from the outside.

I do think that the GOP could withstand a Grimes win and still retake the Senate.

I do not think that the GOP can withstand another six years of McConnell's "leadership," especially when combined with Boehner's in the House.

-PJ

46 posted on 07/28/2014 2:20:01 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
I always hate to see a Senate seat go Democrat. Mitch is pretty bad but we need control of the Senate in a bad way.

We need to destroy the man who declared war on us even more. Mitch McConnell may very well have cost us the Senate seat in Mississippi with his tampering.

We cannot afford to have a treasonous Mitch McConnell in a position of power and influence.

47 posted on 07/28/2014 2:20:05 PM PDT by DiogenesLamp (Partus Sequitur Patrem)
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To: ifinnegan

That’s part of the current Democrat playbook.

War on women
Economic inequality
Fund a 3rd party candidate to bleed the R vote.


48 posted on 07/28/2014 2:21:01 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: DiogenesLamp

I would not vote Democrat any more than I would vote for McConnell.


49 posted on 07/28/2014 2:21:07 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: DiogenesLamp

“is essential to our cause to chop off Mitch McConnell’s head.”

That’s your cause?

Makes sense that the thoughts are so incoherent and self defeating.

To me the cause is a lot bigger than McConnell and petty vindictiveness against him, as reprehensible as he is.

The anti-Mitch conservatives should have rushed to support him, quite openly and loudly.

This is to be able to take credit for his win and marginalize the GOPe attempts to marginalize us.

Now there is a two bad outcome dynamic.

1) Grimes is KY senator. That is the worst outcome.
2) McConnell wins despite conservative opposition.


50 posted on 07/28/2014 2:24:13 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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