Why McConnell 2014 = Rand 2016

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by Steve Deace

As more disappointing primary results for those of us still bitterly clinging to our guns and our Bibles like me continue to pour in tonight, there is now a subplot developing in the Kentucky U.S. Senate race that has national implications for 2016.

Ditch McConnell did beat upstart challenger Matt Bevin tonight, and by a solid margin. However, the 60% of the vote McConnell received is the lowest any incumbent U.S. Senator has received in a Kentucky primary since 1938. McConnell already had some of the weakest general election numbers of any GOP incumbent this cycle, which looks even worse when you consider how pro-GOP the 2014 cycle is shaping up to be this fall. But throw in the fact a primary challenger he out-spent at least 3-to-1 got more than third of his base’s support, and you don’t have to be the second coming of Lee Atwater to realize McConnell is in trouble this fall.

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