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National Dems Return to Kentucky as Grimes Closes Gap

By    |   Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 05:26 PM

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is once again investing in Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky as new polls show her within one point of her opponent, five-term Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell.

The DSCC confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday that it will fund a new series of ads. It had pulled out of the race after Grimes garnered a slew of bad publicity after she refused in interviews to say whether she had voted for President Barack Obama in previous presidential contests.

Obama has been seen as an energy enemy of coal-rich Kentucky, which has suffered as he has tightened EPA restrictions and as jobs in the Appalachian state have evaporated. Democrats, in turn, have pulled away from the Democratic party in anger.

Grimes, who has said publicly that she is a Hillary Clinton Democrat, seems to be enjoying a late-game rally against O'Connell, even as several polling models say Republicans are on track to retake the Senate.

The DSCC has budgeted about $650,000 for television spots for Grimes, Politico reported, calling it a "risk" for the national party and noting the expensive gamble undertaken in the ad buy as more Democrats elsewhere are struggling in tight midterm contests.

In recent weeks, Grimes has continued her push in Kentucky, despite polls that had showed her earlier gains falling off. She has been joined on the stump by both Hillary Clinton and her husband, President Bill Clinton, who have been out rallying Dixie Democrats in Southern states.

A Bluegrass poll released Monday found the race a dead heat, The Courier-Journal reported, with McConnell earning 44 percent of the vote to Grimes' 43, numbers within the survey's margin of error.

A Real Clear Politics polling average through Oct. 19 found McConnell up by 4.4 percent in a race it still called a toss-up.

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The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is once again investing in Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky as new polls show her within one point of her opponent, five-term Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell.
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