North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp stumps for Grimes in central Kentucky

10/29/2014 08:53 PM

WINCHESTER – North Dakota junior U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp joined in the parade of high profile national Democratic surrogates joining Alison Lundergan Grimes in the final week of her campaign against Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Heitkamp joined Grimes in central Kentucky Wednesday with stops in Clark, Bourbon and Fayette County where the Senator said she knows the fight Grimes is waging.

In 2012, Heitkamp won an open seat for the U.S. Senate in North Dakota by defeating Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Berg. In Winchester, Heitkamp told Pure Politics their paths are similar.

Much like Grimes is trying to do, Heitkamp had to walk a tight-rope in 2012 on the issues in her race while still tearing down Berg’s image, all the while confronting President Barack Obama on the ballot as Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney was set to runaway with the state in the presidential election.

“I think the thing I see in Alison is she knows what she believes and why she believes it. She is able to project that into everything she does,” Heitkamp said. “She’s Kentucky.”

“She’s a moderate… She’s like me in a lot that she would bring to the Senate is a collaboration that I think would be much needed to change the dynamic of Washington.”

Heitkamp credits Grimes message to voters as to why the Democrat has run a competitive campaign.

“She very much has focused her campaign on what’s good for Kentucky. And I think that’s why she’s in this race. That’s why this race is so close,” Heitkamp said.

“It’s looking like she might prevail and will prevail on Election Day.”

Heitkamp emphasized that the last week of a campaigning can be extremely important for the remaining voters who have yet to make up their mind.

“You might have 30 percent who are persuadable and I think they’re waiting for that last message, for that last discussion, they’re waiting to hear from friends and neighbors about why they’re supporting Alison which is why these rallies are so important,” Heitkamp said.

Grimes told Pure Politics that she looked forward to joining Heitkamp in Congress to “end the gridlock.”

“It’s the women of the Senate who have actually tried to get things moving in the right direction and she’s ready to add another strong Kentucky woman to that coalition,” Grimes said.

There are 20 women who currently serve in the U.S. Senate and 82 serve in the House — a record number.

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at


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