Sunday, May 18, 2014

Senate race update for Sunday, May 18

It's the Sunday before the election on Tuesday, so it's a day for magisterial overviews of the state of play:

  • Adam Beam, new Frankfort correspondent for The Associated Press, writes an overview and a slice of life from the campaign trail, datelined Franklin, where Mitch McConnell and Alison Grimes campaigned a few blocks apart and "had the same message: change," Beam writes. "For Grimes, it is changing Kentucky's senator, who she criticized for voting against raising the minimum wage and blocking measures that would ensure women are paid the same salaries as men for equal work. For McConnell, it is changing the Senate to Republican control and putting him in charge of stopping a president's agenda that he says has devastated Kentucky's coal industry and upended the country's health care system."
  • Ronnie Ellis of CNHI News Service filed his story from Fountain Run, where McConnell rode in the Barbecue Festival parade and primary foe Matt Bevin watched.
  • Joe Gerth of The Courier-Journal casts the primaries as prelude to "a hard-fought general election in the most highly anticipated race in the nation."
  • The Lexington Herald-Leader ran an extensive Voters' Guide on the Senate contest and other races; Sunday night it published a Sam Youngman story about McConnell's day in Southern Kentucky, with this memorable quote from the senator: "My opponent is able to raise a lot of money because she's running against me. I'm able to raise a lot of money because I am me. So in a sense, you get a picture here, I'm raising money for both sides."

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