Breaking: Mitch McConnell Defeats Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky Senate Race

mcconnell-idiotPerhaps the most watched of the Senate battles this election was in Kentucky, where incumbent Republican Senator Mitch McConnell faced some tough competition from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. Initially I had high hopes for Grimes, but as with many Democrats during this year’s election, she made the fatal mistake of distancing herself from the Obama administration. And I believe that’s what ultimately cost her this race.

Early exit polls showed a clear advantage for McConnell and his win was instantly announced by CNN as polls officially closed.

While she faced an uphill climb as it is battling longtime incumbent and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, numbers had remained fairly positive for her throughout her campaign.

But when your opponent’s only campaign slogan is essentially summarized as “Obama is bad” and you essentially say “I don’t fully disagree with that,” why would Democrats turn out in large numbers to support you? And that’s more or less what Grimes did during her campaign.

And for someone like Grimes, running in Kentucky, it was especially frustrating considering Kentucky is one of the states that’s benefitted most from Obama’s signature piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act – or “Obamacare” if you’re a conservative.

The law has been so effective in the state that even her opponent essentially stated as much during one of their debates.

Out of all of the candidates this election cycle, Grimes might be the one who embodied what was so idiotic with many of these Democratic candidates. Someone who had a great chance to pull off a win, but ultimately failed to do so because instead of selling all the great things we’ve seen accomplished these last 5+ years – she essentially agreed with her Republican counterpart.

What does it say to the American voter when your opponent is saying how awful the president’s policies have been and you essentially agree with them? Not only does that push voters to your opponent, but it destroys any hope of building any kind of prolonged enthusiasm among liberals to get out and give you their vote.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Joe Jibert

    It isn’t over……

  • Armando

    We keep the senate though.

  • Robert Squires

    Exit polls are fallible. Maybe this will be a Truman/Dewey moment? Wouldn’t we love to stick it to the lamestream real media …

    • Ant. I. Liberal

      Dream on and have another Glass of cool aid ! Putz !

  • Guest

    Way to go Kentucky…keep re-electing part of the problem in Congress….Mitch was worthless when he was Jefferson County Judge Executive…..I guess 30 years of a greedy politician isn’t enough for you…He will not do a dam thing he said to get re-elected…He’s in it for how much he can get from “Special Intrests”….Doesn’t give a shit about Kentucky….Your all Idiots???

  • sherry06053

    Here, in CT, our governor did the opposite – he has embraced Obama. We had a textbook implementation of the ACA, with little opposition. Obama came here and stumped for him. Polls aren’t closed yet, but I hope it worked. The other guy is a corporate raider, millionaire pig – a Romney clone.

  • Joanne3905

    Are the polls even closed yet in Kentucky?

  • Mrs_oatmeal

    So disappointing…

  • lindaTX

    In texas I received no campaign mail from Alameel, no emails asking for money, no FB messages in support of the Dem ticket. What happened? Did he shut down his campaign? Did he decide to stop spending his money on a losing race? Did he get shut down after he complained about the “elites” in the state Dem party infrastructure?

  • Melanie Pennock

    I think I am sick to my stomach!!

  • baguio23

    Just follow Clinton’s example. One should never apologize for who you are & what you are for. The public will turn on you & vote Repuke to save their own pride & that they could have better through rejectionism..

  • Dane

    Makes some sense, but at the same time its a prime example of a bunch of fools voting against their own interests, ya”vote for the guy who wants to take their health care away, HELLO!! HELLO!!!

  • Ant. I. Liberal

    Voting for Obummer is a Private thing ? Are you kidding ! When you voted for the Idiot in Chief you showed that you are as Anti American as you can get ! 18 TRILLION IN DEBT and Still no Budget after 6 years in office?! Give me a BREAK !

    • derekreid

      As Anti-American as calling your Commander-in-Chief an idiot???

    • Venus Nelson

      Funny how you blame Obama for those trillions in debt and lack of budget when it was the republicans that caused that debt and blocked all budgets. Please for the love of all that is holy open your eyes before we end up in a new police state country!!!!

    • Guest

      Bet you get all your news from the wingnuts at Faux News. You’re an idiot.

  • fish2fish2

    Honestly, after watching the documentary Hacking Democracy, I now doubt the “results” of any election that involves computers or scanners. [The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.–Stalin]