McConnell rallies his troops to get out the vote ahead of Tuesday

11/01/2014 10:23 AM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell started his Saturday before Election Day in Louisville rallying his troops in an effort to get out the vote ahead of Tuesday’s election.

At the Best Western across the parking lot from McConnell’s campaign headquarters the five-term incumbent thanked campaign staffers and volunteers for giving up the next few days in an effort to turnout voters on Election Day.

“At headquarters we’ve run out of things to do. We’ve raised all the money we can raise. We’ve bought all the TV time we can buy, and radio time. We’ve dropped all the mail pieces we can — it’s all in your hands,” McConnell told the crowd. “I can’t tell you how much Elaine and I both appreciate your willingness to inconvenience yourselves over the next few days to go out and bring these voters to the polls.”

McConnell was joined by former U.S. Rep. Anne Northup of Louisville at the rally on Saturday morning.

After his six-minute speech McConnell was off to a hot dog roast with U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, in Montgomery County in the afternoon and then on to Scott County in the evening for a rally at the courthouse square.

In northern Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, hit the campaign trail for McConnell in Kenton County Saturday morning.

McConnell’s campaign says they’ve hit 1 million doors on the campaign trail including 200,000 in the last two weeks, and 2.5 million phone calls.

Meanwhile, McConnell’s Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes will be rallying supporters in Lexington and northern Kentucky with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

After the Clinton rallies Grimes was planning on hosting meet-and-greets in Shelby and Oldham County in the afternoon, then on to a chili supper with union supporters in Louisville and finishing her day in Barren and Muhlenberg County at 10:00 pm Central Time.

The Grimes campaign boasts of their get-out-the-vote network as one of the largest ever assembled in Kentucky with 4,000 volunteers across Kentucky’s 120 counties. Grimes’ campaign says they’ve reached out to nearly 500,000 voters and have nearly 50 grassroots offices or GOTV staging locations across the state.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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