The Chatter: Grimes fundraises in D.C. as new poll shows race in a dead heat

11/12/2013 05:00 PM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is in Washington D.C. this week doing some fundraising for her quest to unseat Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell.

The Washington Free Beacon was first to report Grimes’ fundraising trip with U.S. senators and D.C. lobbyists — a group that the Grimes campaign has previously criticized McConnell for fundraising with.

Grimes started her trip Tuesday with a lunch at a famous D.C. steakhouse with Democratic U.S. Senator Clair McCaskill where tickets ranged from $5,200 for a host to $1,000 for a guest.

Grimes also will be attending a fundraiser hosted by D.C. lobbyist Heather Podesta, sister-in-law to former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta and wife of lobbyist and art collector Tony Podesta.

The fundraiser Tuesday evening was held at Heather Podesta’s home. Hosts of the events contributed $5,200, sponsors kicked in $2,600 and other guests paid $1,000.

During a recent back-and-forth between the Grimes and McConnell campaigns over support of the second amendment , Grimes released a statement criticizing McConnell for fundraising with Washington lobbyists:

“Whenever he’s not busy pandering to Washington lobbyists, I welcome Senator McConnell to come shoot with me at the range any day.”

The McConnell campaign said the contradiction is just another part of the Grimes strategy.

“The Grimes campaign needs to spend less time spinning silly attacks and more time explaining why she supports Obamacare and why her party and her supporters are destroying the Kentucky Coal industry,” McConnell Press Secretary Allison Moore said in a statement to Pure Politics.

New poll from Democratic group shows Senate race even

A new survey paid for by the liberal activist group shows McConnell and Grimes neck and neck in the 2014 race.

The survey , conducted by Lake Research, has the two candidates tied with 37 percent with 12 percent undecided.

While the new poll numbers show a tie, the results represent a nine-point drop for Grimes and a three-point drop for McConnell from the survey conducted in September by the same group .

Battle of the primary endorsements
As for the Republican primary side of the U.S. Senate race, this week has brought a ping-pong match of endorsements.

The McConnell campaign received the endorsement of the Kentucky Federation of College Republicans. That group said in a statement its members saw the importance of the race and decided to unanimously stand behind the U.S. senator.

And McConnell’s Republican Primary opponent received an endorsement of his own from former Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Forgy.

“I feel that our country is in trouble and more Mitch McConnell is not the answer – Matt Bevin is. I have known and helped Mitch McConnell for 36 years, and that’s long enough. He is the best example of the need for term limits that exists in government today,” Forgy said in a statement backing Bevin.

Bevin expressed his gratitude, calling Forgy one of the Republican Party’s most respected leaders in the state.

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