Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reported his best reelection fundraising quarter yet, bringing in $2.4 million in the first three months of this year.
But the 72-year-old political veteran is locked in a race with a Tea Party favorite in Kentucky’s May Republican primary, businessman Matt Bevin, 47, and The Hill r
eported that McConnell’s campaign actually has spent more than it raised, with cash on hand at the end of March falling by more than $500,000 to $10.4 million since the start of the year.
The McConnell campaign told the Lexington Herald-Leader that the heavy spending reflects an early investment in “ground-game infrastructure that will help deliver unprecedented voter contact in Kentucky,” as well as $$840,000 for an advertising spot that featured a cancer survivor praising the senator for securing benefits for him and others like him.
Bevin announced on Monday that he raised just $1.1 million in the first quarter, all of it from outside donations. The Hill predicted that McConnell will beat him in the primary, but the Republican leader is expected to face a serious fight in the general election against Alison Lundergan Grimes, a 35 year old lawyer who is the Kentucky Secretary of State and is the all but certain Democratic nominee.
that McConnell’s approval rating in deep red Kentucky stood at only 32% in one February poll, even worse than President Obama’s. After three decades in office, McConnell personifies “Washington politician” when Congress is deeply unpopular and the state’s economy is struggling, MSNBC said.
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