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Wednesday Debate: Where do we go from here?

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Last night, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell defeated his Tea Party backed primary election opponent, Matt Bevin. Senator McConnell led Bevin 60 percent to 30 percent. McConnell will now face his Democrat opponent Kentucky Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, in the general election in November. In his victory speech, Senator McConnell linked Grimes to President Obama and to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In contrast, Grimes accused McConnell of causing gridlock in Washington. Conservatives are understandably upset about McConnell’s primary victory. Many were banking on Matt Bevin becoming the next Senator Ted Cruz and hoping for a fundamental change in the composition of the Republican party. Now that McConnell has won his primary election, will you vote for him and/or support him in his fight against Alison Grimes? Why or why not?

I have heard numerous conservatives say that they will vote for and support Grimes over McConnell to send a message to the Republican establishment. They argue that supporting the Democrat opponent will force Republicans like McConnell to move further to the right. Do you think its really worth supporting a Democrat? If so, for what reasons would you support a Democrat candidate over the Republican candidate in the general election?

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Upcoming Primary: Kentucky US Senate Tuesday, May 20

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Kentuckians will be voting in several primary elections, including those for Congress. We will focus on the US Senate primary.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is seeking reelection this year.

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Here is a list of Republicans running for this seat, along with their respective websites:

Matt Bevin http://www.mattbevin.com/

Brad Copas http://copasforsenate.com/

Senator Mitch McConnell http://www.teammitch.com/pledge?splash=1

Chris Payne https://www.facebook.com/SenatorChrisPayne

Shawna Sterling http://www.kentuckyisnotforsale.com/

Here is a list of Democrats running for this seat, along with their respective websites:

Alison Lundergan Grimes http://alisonforkentucky.com/

Greg Leichty https://www.facebook.com/greg.leichty2

Tom Recktenwald http://www.trforsenate.com/

The Libertarian running for this seat is:

David Patterson http://david4senate.com/

The Independent running for this seat is:

Ed Marksberry http://marksberry2014.com/

On the Republican side, this will be an interesting primary to watch because it has magnified the schism between establishment Republicans, led by Senator McConnell, and constitutional conservatives, led by Matt Bevin.

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Some believe that this race will define the political landscape for years to come. If Senator McConnell were to win this primary election, then it has been argued that the Republican party will move further to the left, becoming more and more Democrat-lite. If Bevin were to win, then the message that the people want to go back to conservative principles would send the establishment Republicans into a tailspin. Please see this excellent analysis on this race: http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2014/04/14/5-weeks-to-may-20th-2014-the-day-to-determine-the-republic/

If Senator McConnell survives this primary, he would battle Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes for his seat. McConnell and Grimes are currently in a dead heat, with Grimes leading by 45 percent.  http://www.courier-journal.com/story/politics-blog/2014/05/12/mitch-mcconnell-has-wide-primary-lead-but-general-election-is-close/9002133/

What do you think the outcome of this election will be?

Kentuckians, please remember to vote in this primary on Tuesday, May 20, 2014!