McConnell wins Kentucky primary

With more than 80 percent of the precincts reporting, Mitch McConnell is the runaway winner in his primary contest against Matt Bevin. McConnell’s lead is 60-36.

Politico reports that the Senate Conservatives Fund, associated with Jim DeMint and a major funder of Bevin’s campaign, immediately issued a statement congratulating McConnell, thanking Bevin for “standing up for conservative principles,” and calling for Republicans to “unite” in the fight against Grimes. Bevin himself has not yet said whether he would support McConnell.

McConnell now faces a tough race against Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Secretary of State. The race has been polling as essentially a toss-up. However, to the extent that groups like the Senate Conservative Fund rally around McConnell, the Minority Leader’s standing may improve.

As John has pointed out, McConnell’s lifetime ACU rating, after 28 years in the Senate, “is certifiably right-wing at 90%.” Given that record and the importance of wresting control of the Senate away from Harry Reid and the Democrats, it’s difficult to believe that Republicans will not unite behind McConnell in the fight against Grimes.

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