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Appearing Monday on "Fox & Friends," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voiced confidence that he'll win his reelection bid in November.

The Kentucky Republican warned that "every crazy liberal" is sending money to his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes.

"We're going to win. It's big race," he said. "When you're the leader of one of the parties in the Senate, you're a big target for the other side. Every crazy liberal in the country knows who I am and they're sending money to my opponent."

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Sen. Mitch McConnell, facing perhaps the toughest reelection fight of his career, is obscuring his position on a number of policy issues, some of which he previously staked out aggressively and strictly enforced party discipline over.

The latest forecasts by the New York Times and FiveThirtyEight rate the minority leader as the most vulnerable GOP incumbent in the November Senate races, where Republicans have a considerable advantage. And although Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has an uphill climb in bright red Kentucky, the Republican leader is taking no chances — even if it means backing away from some key policy positions he's taken that are unpopular with moderates.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Vic Atiyeh, Oregon's last Republican governor who shepherded the state through a deep recession during two terms in the 1980s, died Sunday night, a family spokesman said.

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FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) — Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, she says.

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