Looking to November, Grimes says race is about McConnell -- not Obama

05/21/2014 12:24 AM

LEXINGTON — After addressing the Democratic crowd at her victory party Tuesday night, newly-minted Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes looked at the cameras at the back of the Carrick House in Lexington to speak to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

“Senator McConnell, this race is between you and me,” Grimes said (8:00 into her 19:00 victory speech below). Grimes locked in on her message that McConnell is “out-of-touch” and sought to blunt the attacks from Republicans who already have worked to link her to national Democrats, starting with President Barack Obama.

“Indeed, Mitch McConnell would have you believe that President Obama is on Kentucky’s 2014 election ballot,” Grimes said. “…Nothing about this election will change who is in the White House, but we can change who is Washington, D.C., and finally put someone in for the commonwealth of Kentucky.”

As expected, Grimes easily locked up the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination Tuesday night against three lesser-known candidates who ran limited campaigns.

She received 76.5 percent of the vote. Greg Leichty, a University of Louisville professor, was a distant second with 8.1 percent of the vote. Charles Burrell Farnsley and Tom Recktenwald got 8 percent and 7.4 percent, respectively.

Grimes is banking on voters’ fatigue with McConnell, who was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1984 and has served as Senate Republican leader.

“He has no record to run on. It can only be on attacks and misleading information that he runs a campaign,” Grimes said.


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