2014 Election Preview: Kentucky

Unfortunately, there’s little action going on in the Bluegrass State’s House races. Freshman Rep. Andy Barr (R) may be the most vulnerable in the state, but in this environment it’s hard to see him losing his seat. And while Rep. John Yarmouth (D) represents an ostensibly competitive seat, he’s facing no real Republican challenger this year. The main political show  is going to be the fight for the Senate seat currently held by Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.


GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is up for reelection and of course he’s facing a Tea Party challenger in businessman Matt Bevin. Polls show that McConnell maintains a healthy lead over Bevin, but the primary is still three months away and that’s a lifetime in politics. But all in all, it looks like McConnell will win his party’s nomination for another term. However, he face’s an even bigger challenger in the general election where the Democrats look set to nominate Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes. Polls show her tied or even slightly ahead of McConnell in what should be a friendly environment for Republicans. This isn’t the first close race McConnell has run, but if he wants stay in the Senate he’s going to have to work for it. Right now, this race only Leans Republican.


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