After casting their ballots, it's all over but the counting for McConnell and Grimes

11/04/2014 12:46 PM

Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes punctuated their 2014 campaigns by voting Tuesday morning, presumably for themselves, although Grimes has been notoriously guarded about casting her personal election ballots.

McConnell and his wife, former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, filled out their ballot at their Louisville precinct at Bellarmine University’s Knights Hall shortly after 11 a.m.

McConnell answered just one question on his way out – regarding his expectations for becoming U.S. Senate majority leader by the end of Election Night. That depends on Republicans picking up at least six seats held by Democrats.

McConnell cast his ballot without a hitch, although Chao had to go back to their car to get her ID before she voted.

Meanwhile, Grimes and her husband, Andrew, voted at 7:15 a.m. at their home precinct at Pleasant Green Baptist Church in Lexington.

Grimes told reporters the last 16 months have been “one of the best journeys” and that she’s hoping to surprise pundits who have predicted a McConnell win on Tuesday night.

Grimes said she and her family would attend Mass and visit with certain family friends as she does each Election Day before presiding over the 1 p.m. State Board of Elections meeting.

Polls close at 6 p.m. in each time zone.

- Video by Chris Bratton in Lexington and Kaci Kust in Louisville

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