McConnell urges supporters to influence friends to vote for him

10/22/2014 04:27 PM

VANCEBURG – With 13 days remaining until Election Day, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell told supporters Wednesday at a campaign stop in Lewis County that they have more influence than they think in deciding this year’s U.S. Senate race between him and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

A crowd of approximately 100 supporters were on hand in Vanceburg for the second of a four city tour on Wednesday of Kentucky coal country — which McConnell has focused on throughout his reelection bid.

McConnell made his get-out-the-vote pitch placing influence in the hands of his supporters.

“We know we have the votes to win the election,” McConnell told the crowd. “The question is will they vote? There’s nothing more influential than your advice to your friends about what you’re going to do.”

No Democrats are on the ballot in Lewis County which could lead to a question of Republicans turn out on Election Day.

However, 4th District U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg, doesn’t think that that will be a problem. Massie is a native of Lewis County and said it’s the Democratic president who will help drive turnout in the area.

“The President goes on TV and says that he is not on the ballot but his agenda is and they recognize that here,” Massie said. “His agenda is clearly on the ballot and they’re going to turn out and vote against his agenda by voting against Alison Grimes.”

Even though recent polls have the race in a virtual tie, Massie said he believes that McConnell will come out on top by a comfortable margin.

“If you look at the average of the polls for the last month have shown McConnell by 5 to 6 points and I think he’s going to win by 8 points at the end of the day,” Massie said.

On Tuesday, former U.S. President Bill Clinton visited Western Kentucky traveling with Grimes to two campaign stops in Paducah and Owensboro.

McConnell says that he, for one, welcomes Clinton to the commonwealth to campaign in support of Grimes.

“The last time I ran, he came in twice, Hillary came in once and we have the same pattern again,” McConnell said. “I like it when the Clinton’s come to Kentucky, I always win.”

McConnell began the day in Ashland before coming to Vanceburg. He concluded the day with stops in Flemingsburg and Winchester.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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