Alison Grimes campaigns for Clinton in Ohio, says offer in administration if victorious "would be an honor"

08/26/2016 07:31 PM

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes hit the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton in Ohio on Friday, the second battleground state she’s visited in recent weeks.

She started her day in Columbus, appearing on the Columbus ABC affiliate’s morning show Good Day Columbus. Grimes, referencing Women’s Equality Day, tweeted this picture from the set:

Grimes later spoke to supporters and volunteers in Cincinnati and Delaware and Fayette counties.

Grimes has also been a Clinton campaign surrogate in Iowa, speaking on behalf of the Democratic presidential nominee at the state’s annual Wing Ding dinner on Aug. 12.

Clinton holds a wider polling margin in Ohio, where she leads Trump by nearly 5 points in a head-to-head with GOP nominee Donald Trump and by 4 percent in a four-way with Libertarian and Green Party candidates included, according to Real Clear Politics’ average of recent polling. In recent Iowa polling, Clinton is ahead of Trump by 1.5 percent head-to-head and by a scant 0.2 percent in a four-way.

Pure Politics has learned that Grimes will be traveling to Florida, where Clinton leads Trump by 3.3 points in recent polling, to stump for Clinton in October.

Being a campaign surrogate can lead to other opportunities if the candidate wins office. When Pure Politics caught up with Grimes at Thursday’s Kentucky Farm Bureau Ham Breakfast at the state fair and asked her about the possibility of joining Clinton’s administration should she win Nov. 8, she said she just hoped to see Clinton in the White House.

“We’re hopeful that we can make sure that folks realize the importance of this vote,” Grimes said. “This is a vote that I think will not only make history by helping to get the first female in the White House, but the most qualified candidate, the person that has the steady hand to grow our economy, who has the values that Kentuckians share, especially fighting for children and families.”

When pressed about accepting a position in a Clinton administration, Grimes said she would be honored to be considered.

“But my focus right now has been the work that we’ve done as secretary of state, and we’re getting ready to embark on the general Go Vote tour,” Grimes said, noting that 37,000 have updated or completed their voter registration through

“We’re working to make sure that we make history in the office of secretary of state and everybody being able to get out and exercise their vote on Nov. 8,” she added.

Grimes’ family has close ties to the Clintons, a point referenced by Republican Party of Kentucky spokesman Tres Watson in a statement.

“With Democrats being an endangered species in KY, it’s no surprise Alison Grimes would readily accept a handout from her close family friend, Hillary Clinton,” Watson said.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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