Democrats Return to Kentucky

Democrats Return to Kentucky



Democrats Return to KentuckyJust last week it appeared that Allison Lundergan Grimes was on her own in her battle with Republican and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Today the Democrats returned to Kentucky.

Discontent of the voting public is evident in many races in this midterm election. States once believed untouchable by their opponent’s party are too close to call. The DSCC, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, has decided to reserve $650,000 for new ads for Grimes as recent polls showed her in reach of a win, as Independents are moving to the left.

The latest polls show Mitch McConnell with a very small lead over Allison Lundergan Grimes of 44 percent to 43 percent in the Bluegrass State.

The race has moved back and forth for months. At one point Grimes had a two point lead over McConnell. She slipped back again when she refused to answer a question posed by the Courier-Journal’s editorial board. The question was whether or not she had voted for the President in 2008 or 2012.

McConnell has become unpopular in Kentucky. This is the closest campaign he has been in since being elected to the Senate in 1985. His strongest support has been from the coal mining industry.

In his early years he was considered a moderate. More recently he has followed his party and become far more conservative. He is against a minimum wage increase, although he supported it in the past; he is against collective bargaining; he has abandoned the ‘pork barrel’ projects he once delivered to the state. He is considered the central figure in the obstructionist movement within the Republican Party.

Grimes took office as Kentucky’s Secretary of State in 2012. She promises to delay the ‘employer mandate’ for small business but supports the idea of increased coverage. She is a strong supporter of gun advocacy and the second amendment. She is ‘pro-choice’ and against the prohibition of abortion after 20 weeks. She believes that the federal government should not have the right to tell a woman what to do with her own body; that decision should be between her, her doctor, and her God. She is pro-Israel and its ‘iron dome’ defense system, against new laws by the EPA which she believes would cost jobs, and approves reducing taxes for business which provide child care for working parents.

Democrats may be losing races in Colorado and Iowa. That may be a primary reason why they are back in the Kentucky campaign. Grimes and McConnell agree on several issues. This race may come down to two issues: is the senior Senator from Kentucky too far to the right, and has he lost touch with Kentucky’s voters: has Grimes separated herself far enough from a president who is extremely unpopular in Kentucky?

Both candidates and both parties will be closely watching the polls in the coming days. Campaign strategists will be suffering through some late nights analyzing their next moves in the next couple of weeks. What type of ads will be paid for by Grimes’ additional $650,000? Can McConnell find a new way to attack his opponent? Stay tuned; they’re back, and this could get interesting.

By James Turnage



The Courier-Journal