Kentucky Senate races heats up
By Geoff Pallay
LEXINGTON, Kentucky: Earlier this week Alison Grimes (D) kicked off her 2014 U.S. Senate campaign. Grimes is one of several Democratic candidates looking to challenge incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell, who is facing a stiff challenge in his primary.
Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Ed Marksberry is suing the Democratic Party for what he says is "unfairly and illegally promoting the campaign of Grimes." Marksberry says that while the party refused to publicly announce via email his own campaign, the organization sent out an email announcing Grimes' candidacy.
McConnell was first elected to the Senate in 1984. In 2008, he won re-election by six points.
|U.S. Senate General Election, Kentucky, 2008|
|Republican||Mitch McConnell Incumbent||53%||953,816|
- Ed Marksberry
- Alison Lundergan Grimes - Kentucky Secretary of State
- Bennie Smith:
- Greg Leichty: University of Louisville professor
- Matt Bevin:
- Mitch McConnell - Incumbent
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- WKU Public Radio, "Democratic Kentucky Senate Candidate Sues Party, Claiming Favoritism," July 30, 2013
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