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Kentucky Senate race: Is it about politics or people?

Kentucky Senate race: Is it about politics or people?
Kentucky Senate race: Is it about politics or people?
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There were no real surprises in Kentucky’s senate primary races on Tuesday. Sen. Mitch McConnell won on the GOP side, and Allison Lundergan Grimes claimed victory for the Democrats.

The real race is in November and with McConnell and Grimes in a virtual dead heat in the polls, this race could end up being decided by which candidate has the bigger campaign bank account. But increasingly, money seems to be the problem with politics, not the solution.

With Washington in a seemingly perpetual deadlock, Grimes reminded voters that they need to try to see through the partisan attacks from her Republican opponent, Sen. Mitch McConnell, and focus on who will best serve the people of Kentucky.

During her acceptance speech on Tuesday night, Grimes fought back on McConnell’s claims that the election was about Barack Obama.

"President Obama is not on Kentucky's 2014 election ballot,” Grimes said. "Nothing about this election will change who is in the White House, but we can change who is in Washington, D.C. and finally put someone for the Commonwealth of Kentucky."

In fact, Grimes is right. Obama’s name is not on any 2014 ballots, and why McConnell or any other candidate would try to convince voters that the mid-terms are about Obama is misleading. This is not a presidential election year.

Grimes won the Democratic primary with 76 percent of the vote. McConnell secured his place on the GOP ticket with a 60 percent margin.

Video: Grimes acceptance speech

Author’s note: The opinions and commentary included in this report are based on the author’s original reporting and independent analysis of official documents and public information.

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