Monday, May 19, 2014
Last Push For the Primary
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao met a group of supporters at Bowman Field this morning before boarding a plane to fly around the Commonwealth for one last day of campaigning before tomorrow's primary election.
Three opposition trackers filmed the send-off as McConnell worked the crowd and waved good bye.
Both McConnell and Chao seemed relaxed and ready to hit the stump. The atmosphere was cheerful about the certainty of McConnell's impending win over Matt Bevin.
Bevin has been an annoyance and a minor distraction to the McConnell campaign. Nonetheless, the silver lining of the primary is that it gave the McConnell campaign a dry run for November -- an opportunity to refine get out the vote and ballot security initiatives. In that regard, the McConnell campaign appears to be taking initiative that the national party and Romney campaign failed to achieve in 2012. These efforts will not only help McConnell in November, but will also increase the odds of Republicans flipping the state House.
The most remarkable thing about the primary is that McConnell has been subjected to $4 million in negative advertising and direct mail, and yet he is better positioned now; he has maintained a 20 point lead in the primary against Bevin and improved by three points against Lundergan Grimes. Most interestingly, the gender gap has closed by eight percent. And with good reason: Kentucky women -- especially mothers -- don't want to hear the Democrat fairy tale about a non-existent "war on women." Kentucky women don't want Sandra Fluke and Nancy Pelosi talking to us about our "lady parts."
Kentucky mothers want to elect the U.S. Senator who gives us the best chance for allowing the private sector to flourish, to provide the kind of jobs to which our children aspire -- not a permanent class stuck at the minimum wage, who can only get a raise when the government so orders business. Kentucky mothers know that Mitch McConnell is the best bet for our children being able to get good jobs, buy a home and support a family, not live in our basements and stay on our insurance plans until age 26,