Even with Grimes expected to cruise to nomination, Democrats say she has something to prove

05/19/2014 06:08 PM

While most of the attention in the U.S. Senate race will be focused on the Republicans in Tuesday’s primary, Democrats say Alison Lundergan Grimes can make a statement with overwhelming support.

Former Gov. Martha Layne Collins, speaking at a pre-primary campaign stop for Grimes, urged Democratic supporters to get out the vote for Grimes to show how united Democrats are in their bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

McConnell is clearly looking past Tuesday’s primary to Grimes as indicated by his remarks at various stops on Monday.

This was the toughest challenge for the GOP nomination McConnell has faced.

Even in his first primary for U.S. Senate in 1984, McConnell got nearly 40,000 votes compared to three GOP candidates who got less than 4,000 each.

But Republican challenger Matt Bevin has spent more than $2 million against McConnell. Bevin has a deep support from tea party activists but it remains to be seen how broad that support is.

When asked whether Grimes plans to reach out to disaffected tea party supporters, Grimes said she’s trying to appeal to the full spectrum of general election voters.


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