It’s bad enough that Mitch McConnell is a terrible leader in the Senate who regularly gets outmaneuvered by Harry Reid, but he’s also a lousy Senate candidate. In fact, the only reason the GOP is risking a Senate seat in a state Mitt Romney won by 22 points is because McConnell is so unpopular. Despite the fact that Matt Bevin has low name recognition, he’s already out-polling McConnell in a head-to-head race against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell runs dead even with Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at the 2014 U.S. Senate race in Kentucky. But McConnell’s GOP primary rival Matt Bevin leads Grimes by six points.
A new statewide telephone survey of Likely Kentucky Voters finds that McConnell and Grimes earn 42% support each. Six percent (6%) like some other candidate in the race, and 10% are undecided.
In a state where McConnell has almost universal name recognition, those are Todd Akinesque numbers. If Mitch McConnell stepped aside, Bevin would win the race in a walk. If Bevin stepped aside, a McConnell vs. Grimes race would essentially still be a coin flip. When Jim Bunning’s numbers were in the toilet, Mitch McConnell told him it was a waste of time to run and convinced him to step aside. Apparently no one has the chops to do the same thing to Mitch McConnell, despite the fact that even his own campaign manager said he was “sort of holding my nose” to work for him. When your own campaign manager doesn’t get excited about your race, it’s time to call it a career.
So, if your first concern is protecting that seat in Kentucky, you should want Mitch McConnell to step aside for the more electable candidate rather than trying to win a scorched earth primary that would be as likely as not to lead to his defeat in a general election.
Getting beyond that, Bevin is a more charismatic, conservative grassroots candidate. On a personal level, we’re talking about a veteran who has adopted four children and turned the Bevin Bros.’ bell company around.
Politically, he’s Tea Party-friendly. In fact, his spokeswoman Sarah Durand (whom I know and consider a friend) is the former President of the Louisville Tea Party. Bevin also supported the defund fight, opposed the Senate immigration bill and was against Ryan-Murray.
Bevin has been endorsed by groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund, Gun Owners Of America, the Madison Project, and FreedomWorks. Right Wing News is proud to join those organizations in endorsing Matt Bevin. Matt Bevin can win both the primary and the general election and if he pulls it off, it would shake the GOP Establishment to its core. If you’re tired of being ignored, marginalized, and mistreated by Republicans in D.C. who believe you work for them, then this is a great race to use in order to send a message.