In 2008, Mitch McConnell won re-election to a fifth term and became Kentucky's longest serving senator. McConnell spent approximately $20 million on his last election, beating Democrat Bruce Lunsford, a Kentucky businessman, by 6 percentage points.
Low approval ratings and a primary challenge from tea-party backed Matt Bevin make McConell a vulnerable incumbent in 2014. McConnell was also troubled by the lack of backing from national GOP candidates.Since Republicans were able to pick up the necessary six seats for a majority in 2014, McConnell is likely to take over as the new Senate Majority Leader.
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- The Hill, "Candidates won’t commit to McConnell," accessed April 30, 2014