The Democratic senatorial campaign committee has found its woman in Kentucky. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced on Monday that she will challenge longtime senator and current minority leader, Republican Mitch McConnell, in the 2014 senate election.
Grimes is a strong politician with high name recognition. Her father is a former state Democratic chairman, while she easily won a tough primary and general election in 2011.
McConnell is as vulnerable as a Republican can be in a state that went for Mitt Romney by over 20pt in 2012. A poll by Public Policy Polling on behalf of a Democratic-aligned organization in May 2013 (pdf) found his approval rating to be only 44%. The same survey showed Grimes tied with McConnell at 45%, though earlier polling gave McConnell a small edge.
Still, these numbers likely overestimate how strong a Grimes candidacy would be. McConnell is a notoriously hard-nosed campaigner who uses everything in his arsenal to defeat his challengers. McConnell also has history on his side.
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