McConnell Aims for Senate Majority in Covington Speech But Poll Shows Grimes in Lead
Covington is suddenly Ground Zero in the race for Kentucky's US Senate seat.
Thursday saw GOP challengers to incumbent Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Matt Bevin and Brad Copas, speak at the Kenton County Republican Party Spring Fling at the Radisson alongside McConnell's wife, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao. McConnell spoke to the Covington Business Council on Friday as Bevin supporters held signs outside. Even Senator Rand Paul, who is not up for reelection until 2016, was in Covington on Friday, appearing at a private meeting in the RiverCenter towers.
On Sunday, both Bevin and likely Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes will be at Maifest.
The influx of candidates comes as the latest poll shows McConnell walloping Bevin in the primary but facing a tight battle with Grimes in November. The Courier-Journal/Herald-Leader/WHAS-TV Bluegrass Poll shows McConnell up on Bevin by a margin of 55-35% but trailing Grimes 43-42%, within the margin of error, making the general election look like a toss-up at this point.
Despite the possibility of facing his stiffest challenge in all of his six Senate races, McConnell said Friday that he wants a promotion from Minority Leader to Majority Leader next year. That would require a victory by McConnell and a handful of other candidates across the country to give the Republicans control of Congress's upper chamber.
"Do I enjoy being the defensive coordinator? Sure. But the offensive coordinator gets to call the plays," McConnell told the CBC monthly luncheon. "It's easier to score on offense than defense."
Bevin supports outside McConnell's speech in Covington/RCN
Top photo: McConnell greets local businessman Mer Grayson/RCN