Bevin says low expected voter turnout 'breaks my heart,' hints he might support McConnell if he loses
05/16/2014 12:29 PM
FRANKFORT — Matt Bevin, the Republican U.S. Senate challenger, is still insisting he will walk away the victor in Tuesday’s primary but said Friday he won’t be supporting likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes in the event that he loses the GOP nomination.
Bevin is currently trailing U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in the polls heading into the final weekend of campaigning before Tuesday’s primary. The NBC News-Marist poll released this week shows Bevin behind McConnell 57 percent to 25 percent.
The low polling doesn’t bother Bevin, and his answer to the question has not changed — he simply points to McConnell’s polling during his first run for U.S. Senate in the 1984 General Election when McConnell trailed then incumbent Democrat Dee Huddleston.
Bevin did hint at the stop that he would support whomever the GOP voters select to represent the party heading into November.
“Here’s the reality, I have never supported a Democrat in my life over a Republican. I see no chance of that starting anytime in the foreseeable future including in this race. Alison Lundergan Grimes does not represent who we are as Kentuckians,” Bevin said.
In the last five days before the primary Bevin is touring the state by bus and by plane to talk with as many prospective voters as possible.
In Frankfort, Bevin spoke with four media outlets including Pure Politics. But no supporters were at the Capitol for the stop. Bevin did speak with a group of elementary students who were touring the building. He asked the kids who the voters should choose in the race, and one student replied “somebody.”
Here was Bevin’s response to the students:
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is also engaged in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, is expecting weak turnout to the tune of 30 percent or less – in this election based on absentee ballots.
“As an American, as a voter, as somebody who has served this nation in uniform it breaks my heart. It truly saddens me that people don’t take this seriously. It genuinely concerns me that Americans are this apathetic,” Bevin said.
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