She is the only candidate in this race who is also a supporter of coal miners. From 1915 to 2013, control of the U.S. Senate flipped in 10 of 50 cycles, or 20% of the time. And with Alison Grimes, that's what he'll get," a female narrator said ad. In the Senate, Republicans picked up the seat held by Democrat Julian Carroll of Frankfort and were leading a close race to snare from Democrats an Eastern Kentucky seat. Kentucky Senate 2014 Race. In 10 of the 19 districts up for election in 2014, there was only one major party candidate running for election. [47], On June 28, 2014, McConnell promised in a speaking engagement with the National Right to Life Convention to focus more attention on limiting abortions if Republicans take control of the Senate in 2014. What’s at stake Democrats currently have a majority in the Senate, with 55 seats. [45], In a statement McConnell said, "the effects of this completely unnecessary shutdown will have a real impact on my constituents. Her credibility’s burned, too. He was unpopular with his constituents and was behind in some of the polls. Bevin's campaign released two 15-second ads on February 19, 2014. Due to McConnell's unpopularity, she presented a strong threat to unseat him in a state that traditionally favors Republicans. [3], McConnell's vulnerability was first noticed in the primaries, where a number of Republicans sought to unseat him. The six-term senator defeated his Democratic challenger Amy McGrath. [90] The ad featured a Paducah Energy Worker and survivor of throat cancer, who praised McConnell for his efforts to help sick workers. She cares about their health and safety on the job. For a majority, Republicans needed at least 51 seats.,_2014 Overview - Senate - House. ", Bevin's February 19, 2014, ad, "Conservative Principles - 2nd Amendment. The video was taken down immediately after questions were raised. And no matter who our president is, I won't answer to them; I'll only answer to you.". Incumbent Mitch McConnell received endorsements from the following individuals and groups: Matt Bevin received endorsements from the following individuals and groups: Below is a brief timeline of Bevin's media contributions: Below is a brief timeline of McConnell's media contributions prior to the Republican primary: Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, launched a three-week, $1.8 million advertising campaign in Kentucky on March 17, 2014. The following day, the Grimes campaign held a reception in D.C.[106] Just eight days later, the DSCC began airing ads again citing new polls.[70]. Primary Election. [88], The ad featured Kirk Gillenwaters, a Kentucky labor activist who previously appeared in a radio ad against McConnell in 2008. Our campaign apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused.”, Bevin's campaign was dismissive of the ad, characterizing it as an attempt to distract from, The 30-second TV spot ran statewide, according to, The video had no narrator. ", Kentucky Opportunity Coalition's April 2014, ad, "Advocate. 806,795. The war on coal. I think it's fine to have a website.". She said, "Senator McConnell fails to see he has a role in all of the jobs that have been lost here in the state. Background. In Kentucky, poll closing times are 6 and 7 p.m. EST. Grimes said in the ad, "I'm running because I believe we need a senator who puts partisanship aside and works with both Democrats and Republicans to do what's right for Kentucky. The Republican Party strengthened their hold on the chamber by increasing their total seats from 23 to 26. Kentucky election results 2014. 2,134,667. McConnell's February 2014 ad focused on coal. In the primary, she won a commanding victory by collecting over three quarters of the preceding votes. After polls showed increased support for Lundergan Grimes, the DSCC decided to again air advertisements in support of Lundergan Grimes. if(document.getElementsByClassName("reference").length==0) if(document.getElementById('Footnotes')!==null) document.getElementById('Footnotes') = 'none'; Ballotpedia features 318,422 encyclopedic articles written and curated by our professional staff of editors, writers, and researchers. [14], Incumbent: The election filled the Senate seat held by Mitch McConnell (R). General Election. "[88], The group spent just $21,000 on airtime, and the ad ran for approximately one week on all major Louisville broadcast stations, according to PCCC spokesman Matt Wall. 56.2%. We unravel the … Gardner promoted his work on a sweeping public lands bill, a national suicide prevention hotline he launched and various federal dollars he secured for Colorado. Elections Updating 2020 Kentucky election results for state Senate, constitutional amendments Kentucky voters will determine who will represent them in 11 contested state Senate contests. McConnell was first elected in 1984. [9], Primary: A primary election is an election in which registered voters select a candidate that they believe should be a political party's candidate for elected office to run in the general election. [189][190] In the tweet, she announced her decision stating, “After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on my family."[189]. [69] The ads called McConnell the “guardian of gridlock,” pointing to the Senate GOP’s frequent filibuster threats. In response to criticism, Grimes justified her decision to withhold her votes in the 2012 Presidential Election by citing the "sanctity" of the ballot box. Declined 2 United States Senate election in Kentucky, 2014 Get link; Facebook; Twitter; Pinterest; Email; Other Apps - June 15, 2015 ^ arnold, joe (november 27, 2012). For more on Kentucky's election visit our Decision 2020 section. As of March 2014, it was the largest ad buy in the campaign. [171], Matt Bevin raised $222,000 in the third quarter of 2013, in addition to a $600,000 personal loan. But I and so many Kentuckians have been helped by someone with a strong voice," said the worker. “Kentucky deserves better, and looking at the dropping poll numbers for McConnell, there’s no reason to settle.". [10][11][12][13], Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 21, 2014. Go to for the latest news about the 2014 Kentucky Senate elections and up-to-the-minute Kentucky Senate election results. Now (Obama's) lieutenants are financing her campaign because Obama needs another vote in the Senate. The 2014 United States Senate election in Kentucky took place on November 4, 2014 to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky, concurrently with elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections . McConnell, who first took office in 1985, was elected the Senate’s majority leader after the 2014 election, and before that served as its minority leader from 2007 to 2015. One incumbent – Republican Rep. Albert Robinson – was defeated in the June 23 Primary Election, making 2020 the first election since 2014 an incumbent senator was defeated in a primary. 11/04/2014 07:00 pm ET Updated Nov 04, 2014 Kentucky Senate Election Results: Mitch McConnell Defeats Alison Lundergan Grimes. Sen. McConnell, who has been Senate Majority Leader since 2014 and Kentucky's senator since 1985, is now eyeing his seventh term as the Bluegrass State's representative. “McConnell and Paul are working together to stop Obamacare — to stop the Washington liberals who are forcing families out of plans that include the doctors they trust.”, On June 17, 2014, the group launched a $575,000 ad buy that accused. And Alison Grimes supports Obama. He won the 1972 U.S. Senate election in Delaware when he was just 29 and assumed office the next year. Senate results for the 2014 midterm elections. A total of two Democrats and eight Republicans were guaranteed election barring unforeseen circumstances. The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) endorsed Grimes on August 2, 2014. ", The Patriot Majority PAC's June 2013 ad, "Switch. [161][162], As a nonprofit organization, its political activity was restricted to issue-focused ads that do not directly endorse one candidate over another. [38], McConnell served as the Republican Party Whip from 2005 to 2007, before he took on the role of Senate Minority Leader in 2007. 11/04/2014 07:00 pm ET Updated Nov 04, 2014 Kentucky Senate Election Results: Mitch McConnell Defeats Alison Lundergan Grimes. Goodman further questioned McConnell on the similarities between Kynect and Obamacare, to which McConnell replied, referencing Kynect: "Well, that's fine. McConnell did hint that if he were to become the Senate Majority Leader he would be better able to serve the his constituents. Those incumbents were: Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Kentucky State Senate: To be eligible to serve in the Kentucky State Senate, a candidate must be:[1]. One was headlined by Sens. [89] The group spent $260,000 on the ad in Kentucky. McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore responded in a statement: "Given Bailout Bevin's undying commitment to a fictional account of himself and Senator McConnell, we actually expected this ad to be about the time he won a national championship back in the 80s as a point guard for the MIT Engineers. Matt Bailout Bevin is not who he says he is, and he's certainly not a Kentucky conservative.". Lundergan Grimes fired back and attacked his tenure as senator during which Kentucky had lost jobs. [48], "For six years, the president has been isolated from this growing movement. [50], Senate Majority Leader: Though not directly stated, McConnell did make hints towards his potential leadership position in the Senate if re-elected by the residents of Kentucky. [55] McConnell never responded to the invitation.[56]. "He's been called a hero for saving Kentucky jobs," the female narrator said in McConnell's ad. [42] Other vulnerable incumbents included Thad Cochran (R-MS), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Brian Schatz (D-HI). "[53], The group released a second ad on February 18, 2014. On September 27, 2013, Kentuckians for Strong Leadership released another campaign ad that attacked. Whenever he's not busy pandering to Washington lobbyists, I welcome Senator McConnell to come shoot with me at the range any day,” she added. It was narrated by the mother of one servicemember, who said Grimes brought both parties together to pass a law ensuring her son’s ballot would not be lost again. [69], In mid-October, the DSCC decided to stop running advertisement campaigns in Kentucky, effectively pulling the remaining airtime they had. Approximately $650,000 was spent by the DSCC to help Lundergan Grimes gain more influence. one-on-one lt. governor jerry abramson, no on senate, maybe on governor s race . McConnell, who first took office in 1985, was elected the Senate’s majority leader after the 2014 election, and before that served as its minority leader from 2007 to 2015. Incumbent Mitch McConnell has won the Kentucky Senate race, according to a projection by FOX News. Note: Incumbent Julie Denton (R) did not run for re-election. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren campaigned for Lundergan Grimes up until the general election. Main Navigation. [187], On November 4, 2008, Mitch McConnell won re-election to the United States Senate. Yet, Senator McConnell voted against it. ", Bevin's March 27, 2014, ad, "March Madness. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee began running a new television ad on August 15, 2013, attacking Mitch McConnell's stance on Social Security. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. While the EPA and bureaucrats try to kill Kentucky's coal industry, Mitch McConnell is fighting back, fighting hard," the narrator said in the ad. [39], Low approval ratings and a primary challenge from tea-party backed Matt Bevin make McConell a vulnerable incumbent in 2014. Lundergan Grimes and McConnell faced off in what was a very personal debate between the two candidates. Primaries are state-level and local-level elections that take place prior to a general election. [188], On March 27, 2013, Judd announced via Twitter that she would not run for Senate in 2014. He defeated Bruce Lunsford (D) in the general election. Grimes 2012 Election Vote: Perhaps one of the more controversial stories of that night, and as well as in the election, was Lundergan Grimes insistence on withholding whether or not she voted for Obama in the 2012 Presidential Election. Skip to Navigation; Skip to Main Content ; Skip to Footer; 92k advertisers spent $2 billion to run 14 million online political ads: SEE THE DATA › You can support journalism in the public interest. [58] It was the second occasion that McConnell’s campaign launched an ad portraying him as the victim. He however gained a substantial lead over Lundergan Grimes after the Senate debate and missteps by Grimes herself. The ad featured Bevin speaking directly to the camera, “after caving yet again to President Obama on the debt ceiling, all that Mitch McConnell can do is run false attack ads. "Instead, McConnell helped Barack Obama and Harry Reid fund Obamacare. Other Democratic candidates, such as Michelle Nunn in Georgia, received key funding from the DSCC due to tying or leading their opponents in the polls. Senate 46 - 53 - 0 House 186 - 244 Governors 10 - 24 Ballot Measures. ^ bailey, philip m. (july 9, 2013). With McConnell defeating Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in 2014, the course of his most recent six-year term led him to a showdown with Retired Lt. Col. Amy McGrath. In 2008, Mitch McConnell won re-election to a fifth term and became Kentucky's longest serving senator. Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton endorsed McConnell on June 9, 2014. ", American Chemistry Council's August 2013 ad, "Support for Sen. 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Four of the five most vulnerable senators were Republican. The ad featured a short introduction to her candidacy and her bipartisan credentials. The Kentucky State Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) endorsed McConnell on October 12, 2013. The Democratic Party sustained a loss of two seats, dropping from 16 to 14. See election results, a county-by-county map and more for the Kentucky U.S. Senate election on Nov. 3, 2020. [89], The Chamber of Commerce released an ad on December 2, 2013, about coal, a key issue in the race. See also: Kentucky State Senate elections, 2014 and Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2014 Elections for the Kentucky State Senate took place in 2014. Colorado is a state that’s shifted strongly to the left since Gardner’s election to the Senate in 2014. “After over seven years of Harry Reid’s failed leadership in Washington, America needs change. Incumbent Mitch McConnell (R) defeated challengers Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) and David Patterson (L) in the general election. This decision came at a time when McConnell was maintaining a slight lead over Grimes according to mid-October polls. A total of three incumbents faced primary competition on May 20. ", Matt Bevin's first ad, released July 24, 2013, "Meet Matt Bevin. McConnell was considered vulnerable in the days leading up to the election. Timothy D. … Friday, October 17, 2014. It’s a fight for the Kentucky families who are losing their health coverage,” the ad said. See the latest 2014 elections results from Kentucky and get news and analysis on what's happening around the country. Kentucky utilizes a closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members. McConnell countered that assertion with his record of working on key bills with Vice President Joe Biden. Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes are running roughly even in the 2014 Kentucky Senate race, according to a new poll commissioned by two liberal groups. 2014 US Senate Election Guide: 2014 U.S. Senate Questionnaire Farm Policy A strong agricultural base is essential to any nation’s long-term success and security. U.S. Senate 36 out of the Senate’s 100 seats are up for election. Moreover, she emphasized it was appropriate for her to do so with her role as Secretary of State in Kentucky. Resided in the state 6 years preceding the election 4. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) defeated Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) in one of the nation's highest-profile Senate contests on Tuesday. coverage of the Kentucky Senate election held in 2014. "[161], The group released an ad on April 1, 2014, that focused on the death tax. [6], McConnell suffered from low approval ratings and sustained attacks from Bevin's campaign in the Republican primary. The ad described McConnell as fighting against “Obamacare” and for Kentucky’s future. Official Election Results. Kentucky Senate Election Results by County, 2014.svg 390 × 185; 60 KB The Kentucky Federation of College Republicans endorsed McConnell on November 12, 2013. Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, a Super PAC backing, Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, a 501(c)(4) group aligned with the Super PAC Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, announced on December 16, 2013, a $382,000 ad buy tying McConnell to, “For Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, fighting Obamacare isn’t about politics. [41] Others on the list included Georgia, Hawaii, Mississippi and Wyoming. Townhall's Kentucky Election 2014 Results, Polls and News for the Senate race The surprise has already come: A candidate whom the expert prognosticators gave little chance of victory has kept the 2014 Senate race in Kentucky competitive all through the election … Note: Incumbent Katie Stine (R) did not run for re-election. Kentuckians for Strong Leadership released another ad in November 2013, tying. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2014. [53] "Coal means jobs in Kentucky. 2014 Senate Election Results. McConnell defended his record for helping Kentucky's economy through opposing what he called "Obama's war against coal," referring to Obama's clean energy plan to cut down on coal use. “That’s why Harry Reid personally recruited liberal Alison Grimes to run against McConnell, and now Grimes is raising money with Harry Reid in Las Vegas. That's Obama's agenda. [52], The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released an ad on December 2, 2013, about coal, a key issue in the 2014 race. McConnell voted with the Democratic Party for the bill. We run the risk of losing this seat because of a sense of apathy and a sense of fatigue for the career politician that is my opponent in this primary, Mitch McConnell,” Bevin said. Live Results. Obviously we were horrified by the error and quickly changed it.". ", Bevin's May 12, 2014, ad, "It's Time for a Change. Four incumbents did not seek re-election in 2014 and another 11 incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition. [90][91], "These days, I don't have much of a voice. At an event sponsored by the FreedomWorks PAC on February 10, 2014, Bevin asserted that McConnell could not win a general election. Senator Mitch McConnell (R) defeated challengers Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) and David Patterson (L) in the general election. [46], At a National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser in October 2013, McConnell said that the shutdown was "not conservative policy" and reiterated that he always believed that "this strategy could not and would not work." Media in category "United States Senate election in Kentucky, 2014" The following 2 files are in this category, out of 2 total. ", Bevin released a $30,000 ad buy on February 24, 2014, attacking, The ad began with Bevin on camera before a narrator said, "Mitch McConnell betrayed conservatives to give Obama a blank check...Matt Bevin opposes raising the national debt. ", The Patriot Majority PAC's October 2013 ad, "Smoke. [171] At the event, Bevin claimed that he would be only Republican who could beat Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. Personal Attacks: McConnell wasted no time in associating Lundergan Grimes with President Obama and painting her as a partisan Democrat. Having worked with Mitch McConnell, I know he is the Senate Majority Leader we need to lead Congress in the right direction,” Bolton said in a statement. [165], On May 1, 2014, Bevin told supporters that he was angry about McConnell's campaign attacking him while simultaneously seeking a post-primary endorsement. 2014 United States Senate election in Kentucky The 2014 United States Senate election in Kentucky took place on November 4, 2014 to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky, concurrently with elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The attention drew a large amount of criticism towards Grimes in a state that at the time highly disapproved of President Obama's administration. The 2014 United States Senate election in Kentucky took place on November 4, 2014 to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky, concurrently with elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. September 2014 The ad began with video of Obama vowing that under the Affordable Care Act, “If you like your private health insurance plan, you can keep your plan” — before citing an NBC News report suggesting the administration was aware all along that many Americans would have to transition to new insurance coverage. Conservative Republican Matt Bevin for U.S. Net +9, Gained 9, … But our pensions are being cut and we need Social Security. The invitation came after McConnell announced the launch of a coalition of gun rights supporters, "Sportsmen for Team Mitch. According to an analysis by The Washington Post, the U.S. Senate election in Kentucky was considered one of the top 10 Senate races of 2014. [8] Despite initial speculation about the threat from Bevin, McConnell maintained a substantial lead in the polls during the Republican primary and easily secured the Republican nomination. Fact-checkers are smoking out her exaggerations … Grimes and Obama: When liberals don’t tell the truth, Kentucky gets burned,” the ad continued. Grimes is not only a strong supporter of coal and the coal industry. The University of Kentucky has sent a cease and desist letter and will continue to take appropriate measures to ensure improper usage of a student-athlete's name, image or likeness is prevented. “We are very excited to have President Clinton coming into town to make his first campaign stop of this election cycle...I was elated when he called and said he wanted to make this race his top priority,” Grimes said.