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December 20, 2014

Race Ratings Change: Kentucky Senate

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McConnell is seeking re-election in 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s no secret that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faces a troublesome re-election bid. The Republican incumbent is taking heat from the left and the right on a daily (or even hourly) basis.

We continue to believe that McConnell is the favorite in both the primary and general elections, but there is no denying that his polling numbers are mediocre at best.

In the end, the failure of outside groups to coalesce behind primary challenger Matt Bevin could be crucial to McConnell’s primary victory. And the Republican lean of Kentucky in federal races could bail out the senator in the general election.

But the Republican Favored rating doesn’t seem to match his polling numbers nor the thousands of dollars of attacks McConnell has endured and will endure in the future.

So, we are moving the Kentucky Senate race from Republican Favored to Lean Republican in the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call ratings.

  • Rob_Chapman

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faces a troublesome re-election bid.

    Well exxxcccuuuuusssssseeee ME!

    Poor Mitch being troubled by voters holding him accountable for his execrable senate record of non-leadership and obstructionism.

    • JayfromBrooklyn

      Many people in this country appreciate that he has obstructed the democrats from doing more harm to this country.

      • Rob_Chapman

        McConnell supported the Iraq War to the end.

        McConnell has opposed Universal Health Care vociferously and constantly.

        Why isn’t it fair to say of McConnell, warfare, yes; healthcare, no?

        • JayfromBrooklyn

          Wake up- this country does not want Socialized Healthcare!

          Anyone running on that in Kentucky will lose.

        • ekaneti

          Hillary: war yes, healthcare maybe but only from a regional alliace

          • Rob_Chapman

            The regional alliance idea for health care was discussed during the ACA debate and shot down by the GOP.

            ACA could have been better, and will be vastly improved once the GOP stop playing politics with it and decide to help the American people deal with the stupendous cost of health care in the US.

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