Kentucky Dem: Bevin Would Be Tougher Opponent Than McConnell


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) tea party challenger would be a tougher opponent in the Senate general election than McConnell himself, Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) argued.

“You can make a case that Mitch is easier to beat than Bevin,” Yarmuth said in an interview with The Plum Line’s Greg Sargent. “People are tired of him. They see him as the embodiment of government dysfunction. He probably will survive the primary. But he’s going to alienate a number of voters in the primary — it’s going to be nasty — who then will not come out.”

Bevin, unlike some other conservative primary challengers, has proven enough of a nuisance to McConnell that the top Senate Republican has had to watch his right flank. Still, McConnell, even by Bevin’s own admission, is likely to win the primary and face Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) in the general election. A new Public Policy Polling survey released Wednesday found McConnell with a slim one-point lead over Grimes.