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[[Kentucky Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] Lundergan Grimes signaled the beginning of her campaign on July 25, 2013, releasing a video that invited voters to a rally in Lexington and warning [[United States Senate|Sen.]] [[Mitch McConnell]] that “I don’t scare easy.”<ref name="scare">[http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130725/NEWS01/307250103/Alison-Lundergan-Grimes-tells-Mitch-McConnell-don-t-scare-easy-video ''Courier Journal'' "Alison Lundergan Grimes tells Mitch McConnell 'I don't scare easy' in video" Accessed July 26, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/alison-lundergan-grimes-mitch-mcconnell-i-dont-scare-easy-94761.html ''Politico'' "Alison Lundergan Grimes to Mitch McConnell: ‘I don’t scare easy’" Accessed July 26, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.policymic.com/articles/52607/alison-lundergan-grimes-mcconnell-s-new-attack-ad-is-straight-out-of-bizarro-world ''Policy Mic.com'' "Alison Lundergan Grimes: McConnell's New Attack Ad is Straight Out Of Bizarro World" Accessed July 26, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/alison-lundergan-grimes-hits-back-new-ad-article-1.1409543 ''NY Daily News'' "VIDEO: ‘What rhymes with Mitch?’ Alison Lundergan Grimes gives McConnell a taste of his own medicine in as the Kentucky Senate Race heats up with new ad" Accessed July 26, 2013]</ref>
 
[[Kentucky Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] Lundergan Grimes signaled the beginning of her campaign on July 25, 2013, releasing a video that invited voters to a rally in Lexington and warning [[United States Senate|Sen.]] [[Mitch McConnell]] that “I don’t scare easy.”<ref name="scare">[http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130725/NEWS01/307250103/Alison-Lundergan-Grimes-tells-Mitch-McConnell-don-t-scare-easy-video ''Courier Journal'' "Alison Lundergan Grimes tells Mitch McConnell 'I don't scare easy' in video" Accessed July 26, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/alison-lundergan-grimes-mitch-mcconnell-i-dont-scare-easy-94761.html ''Politico'' "Alison Lundergan Grimes to Mitch McConnell: ‘I don’t scare easy’" Accessed July 26, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.policymic.com/articles/52607/alison-lundergan-grimes-mcconnell-s-new-attack-ad-is-straight-out-of-bizarro-world ''Policy Mic.com'' "Alison Lundergan Grimes: McConnell's New Attack Ad is Straight Out Of Bizarro World" Accessed July 26, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/alison-lundergan-grimes-hits-back-new-ad-article-1.1409543 ''NY Daily News'' "VIDEO: ‘What rhymes with Mitch?’ Alison Lundergan Grimes gives McConnell a taste of his own medicine in as the Kentucky Senate Race heats up with new ad" Accessed July 26, 2013]</ref>
  
 
The video, which runs nearly 4 minutes, is filmed in the same room where Grimes recorded an ad during her 2011 [[Kentucky Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] race that featured her two grandmothers writing a “commercial” for her campaign and brought her national attention. In that ad, one of her grandmothers asks, “What rhymes with Alison Lundergan Grimes?”<ref name="scare"/> Since her July 1 announcement, [[Mitch McConnell|McConnell’s]] campaign and the [[Kentucky]] [[Republican Party|GOP]] have accused her of going into hiding and repeatedly asked, “Where’s Alison?”<ref name="scare"/> Grimes responds in the ad saying, "Your campaign wants to play silly games about where I am and where I stand. Well I'm right here in Kentucky senator, where I'll be holding you accountable."<ref>[http://wuky.org/post/alison-lundergan-grimes-calls-mitch-mcconnells-leadership-spiteful-petty-kick-ad ''WUKY'' "Alison Lundergan Grimes Calls Mitch McConnell's Leadership Spiteful, Petty in Kick-Off Ad" Accessed July 26, 2013]</ref>
 
The video, which runs nearly 4 minutes, is filmed in the same room where Grimes recorded an ad during her 2011 [[Kentucky Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] race that featured her two grandmothers writing a “commercial” for her campaign and brought her national attention. In that ad, one of her grandmothers asks, “What rhymes with Alison Lundergan Grimes?”<ref name="scare"/> Since her July 1 announcement, [[Mitch McConnell|McConnell’s]] campaign and the [[Kentucky]] [[Republican Party|GOP]] have accused her of going into hiding and repeatedly asked, “Where’s Alison?”<ref name="scare"/> Grimes responds in the ad saying, "Your campaign wants to play silly games about where I am and where I stand. Well I'm right here in Kentucky senator, where I'll be holding you accountable."<ref>[http://wuky.org/post/alison-lundergan-grimes-calls-mitch-mcconnells-leadership-spiteful-petty-kick-ad ''WUKY'' "Alison Lundergan Grimes Calls Mitch McConnell's Leadership Spiteful, Petty in Kick-Off Ad" Accessed July 26, 2013]</ref>
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In October 2013, Lundergan Grimes released an ad accusing McConnell of "light[ing] the house on fire and then claim[ing] credit for putting it out."<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/10/28/mitch-mcconnell-political-arsonist/?wprss=rss_politics&clsrd ''The Washington Post'', "Mitch McConnell, political arsonist?," accessed October 28, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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Alison Lundergan Grimes
Alison Grimes.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. Senate, Kentucky
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Kentucky Secretary of State
In office
January 5, 2012 - Present
Term ends
January 2016
Years in position 2
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorElaine Walker (D)
Compensation
Base salary$113,615
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 2015
Campaign $$1,059,548
Term limitsNone
Education
Bachelor'sRhodes College
J.D.Washington College of Law, American University
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Alison Lundergan Grimes is a Lexington, KY-based attorney and the current Democratic Kentucky Secretary of State. She first won election in 2011. Grimes defeated incumbent Elaine Walker in the May 17th Democratic primary and Republican businessman Bill Johnson in the November 8th general election.

Grimes announced her 2014 candidacy for U.S. Senate on July 1, 2013.[1]

Grimes is the youngest woman serving as secretary of state in the country, and the only woman currently holding a statewide office in Kentucky.[2][3]

Biography

Prior to her election, Grimes worked in the business litigation group of the law firm Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC. She also served for two years as President of the Women Lawyers' Association of the Fayette County Bar. Grimes volunteers on the board of directors of God's Pantry Food Bank, which works to eliminate hunger in Kentucky; she also serves as director of the Historic Woodward Heights Neighborhood Association. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Rhodes College and her J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University.[4]

Education

  • JD, Washington College of Law, American University
  • BA, Political Science, Rhodes College

Career

Kentucky Secretary of State (2012-present)

Grimes won election as Kentucky Secretary of State on November 8, 2011. She assumed office on January 5, 2012 and has served since.[5]

Issues

Ready for Hillary Super PAC

On July 31, 2013, it was reported that Lundergan Grimes's father, Jerry Lundergan, donated $25,000 to the the Ready for Hillary Super PAC, a group encouraging Clinton to run in 2016.[6] Ready for Hillary is limited donations to $25,000, even though it can accept unlimited donations as a super PAC.[7]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Kentucky, 2014

Grimes is a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in the 2014 elections. The seat is currently occupied by veteran officeholder Mitch McConnell (R), who is running for re-election.[8] Grimes announced her candidacy on July 1, 2013.[9]

Polls

Possible General Election match-up (April 2013 - October 2013)
Poll Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) Mitch McConnell (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
April 4-7, 2013
41%45%14%+/-5.51,052
Public Policy Polling
May 23-34, 2013
45%45%10%+/-4.2556
Wenzel Strategies
June 1-2, 2013
40%47%14%+/-3.9623
Public Policy Polling
July 19-21, 2013
45%44%11%+/-2.81,210
Melman Group
July 20-24, 2013
44%42%14%+/-3.9750
Wenzel Strategies
July 23-24, 2013
40%48%12%+/-3.9624
Lake Research
August 5-15, 2013
46%40%14%+/-1.45,000
Public Policy Polling
October 14-15, 2013
45%43%12%+/-2.81,193
Lake Research
Ocotber 24-29, 2013
37%37%19%+/-4.0603
DFM Research
October 21-27, 2013
40%41%19%+/-4.4600
AVERAGES 42.3% 43.2% 13.9% +/-3.68 1,161.1
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Possible General Election match-up (December 2013 - Present)
Poll Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) Ed Marksberry (D)Mitch McConnell (R)UndecidedSomeone elseMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
December 12-15, 2013
42%0%43%15%0%+/-4.21,509
Gravis Marketing/Human Events
January 2, 2014
37%8%42%13%0%+/-4.0683
Public Policy Polling
January 24-26, 2014
44%0%45%11%0%+/-3.9640
Rasmussen Reports
January 29-30, 2014
42%0%42%10%6%+/-4.5500
Survey USA
January 30-February 4, 2014
47%0%42%12%0%+/-4.91,082
Wenzel Strategies
February 8-11, 2014
42%0%43%15%0%+/-3.061,002
Public Policy Polling
April 1-2, 2014
45%0%44%12%0%+/-3.8663
AVERAGES 42.71% 1.14% 43% 12.57% 0.86% +/-4.05 868.43
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Media


Lundergan Grimes' July 25, 2013, ad, "The Campaign Begins"

Secretary of State Lundergan Grimes signaled the beginning of her campaign on July 25, 2013, releasing a video that invited voters to a rally in Lexington and warning Sen. Mitch McConnell that “I don’t scare easy.”[10][11][12][13]

The video, which runs nearly 4 minutes, is filmed in the same room where Grimes recorded an ad during her 2011 Secretary of State race that featured her two grandmothers writing a “commercial” for her campaign and brought her national attention. In that ad, one of her grandmothers asks, “What rhymes with Alison Lundergan Grimes?”[10] Since her July 1 announcement, McConnell’s campaign and the Kentucky GOP have accused her of going into hiding and repeatedly asked, “Where’s Alison?”[10] Grimes responds in the ad saying, "Your campaign wants to play silly games about where I am and where I stand. Well I'm right here in Kentucky senator, where I'll be holding you accountable."[14]


Lundergan Grimes' October 28, 2013, ad, "Fire" Ad

In October 2013, Lundergan Grimes released an ad accusing McConnell of "light[ing] the house on fire and then claim[ing] credit for putting it out."[15]

2011

See also: Kentucky secretary of state election, 2011
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Secretary of State 2011 elections
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Candidates for Secretary of State, 2011


Polls, 2011 Secretary of State elections

2011 Election information
Primary election dates
Statewide elections, 2011

National Association of Secretaries of State


Secretary of State Project

Secretary of State news headlines

Grimes announced her candidacy for Kentucky Secretary of State in the 2011 attorney general election on January 21, 2011.[16] She defeated incumbent Elaine Walker in the May 17 Democratic primary and Republican businessman Bill Johnson in the November 8 general election.

Kentucky Secretary of State, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAlison Lundergan Grimes 60.6% 494,368
     Republican Bill Johnson 39.4% 321,065
Total Votes 815,433


Secretary of State -- Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Alison Lundergan Grimes 55.25%
     Democratic Party Elaine Walker 44.75%
Total Votes 154,610

Issues

Grimes's campaign website promised to create jobs by recruiting employers and small businesses to come to Kentucky, improve the state's election system by increasing access for veterans and driving higher voter participation, and streamline the secretary of state's office's business registration process.

She also advocated increasing voter access by allowing veterans, victims of domestic violence and others to list the secretary of state's office as their residence for voter registration purposes.[17] This put her at odds with her general election opponent, Bill Johnson, who openly condemned outgoing incumbent Elaine Walker for allowing voters to register without a permanent address. Johnson argued that Walker's move could result in illegal immigrants, felons and other ineligible voters casting ballots. Grimes, who defeated Walker in the May 17 Democratic primary, defended her former opponent, declaring that "Kentuckians do not give up their rights as citizens because they are not property owners."[18]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Grimes is available dating back to 2011. Based on available campaign finance records, Grimes raised a total of $1,059,548 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[19]

Alison Lundergan Grimes's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 Kentucky Secretary of State Won $1,059,548
Grand Total Raised $1,059,548

2011

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Personal

Grimes and her husband, Andrew, reside in Lexington, KY.[4]

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References

  1. WHAS "Grimes to challenge McConnell in 2014" Accessed July 1, 2013
  2. EMILY's List, "EMILY’s List Endorses Alison Lundergan Grimes for Senate in Kentucky," accessed August 22, 2013
  3. The Lane Report, "Grimes shares lessons learned from campaign with Women Leading Kentucky," accessed August 22, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kentucky Secretary of State, " Biography - Alison Lundergan Grimes," accessed March 29, 2013
  5. Project Vote Smart, "Secretary Alison Lundergan Grimes's Biography," accessed March 29, 2013
  6. Washington Post "Ickes, Granholm, Lundergan among early donors to pro-Hillary super PAC" Accessed August 2, 2013
  7. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named pac
  8. Public Policy Polling, "McConnell remains extremely unpopular," April 9, 2013
  9. WHAS "Grimes to challenge McConnell in 2014" Accessed July 1, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Courier Journal "Alison Lundergan Grimes tells Mitch McConnell 'I don't scare easy' in video" Accessed July 26, 2013
  11. Politico "Alison Lundergan Grimes to Mitch McConnell: ‘I don’t scare easy’" Accessed July 26, 2013
  12. Policy Mic.com "Alison Lundergan Grimes: McConnell's New Attack Ad is Straight Out Of Bizarro World" Accessed July 26, 2013
  13. NY Daily News "VIDEO: ‘What rhymes with Mitch?’ Alison Lundergan Grimes gives McConnell a taste of his own medicine in as the Kentucky Senate Race heats up with new ad" Accessed July 26, 2013
  14. WUKY "Alison Lundergan Grimes Calls Mitch McConnell's Leadership Spiteful, Petty in Kick-Off Ad" Accessed July 26, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Mitch McConnell, political arsonist?," accessed October 28, 2013
  16. Bowling Green Daily News, "Lexington attorney to face Walker in race," January 21, 2011.
  17. Louisville Courier-Journal, "2011 Voter Guide -- Secretary of State," accessed July 15, 2011.
  18. Cincinnati.com, "Grimes’ campaign says homeless have a right to vote," July 6, 2011.
  19. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Alison Lunergran Grimes," accessed July 11, 2013
  20. Follow the Money.org
Political offices
Preceded by
Elaine Walker (D)
Kentucky Secretary of State
2012 - present
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