McConnell, Grimes look to the middle for votes

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Associated Press

Posted on August 30, 2014 at 2:02 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Candidates in Kentucky's Senate race are looking to the middle to find votes in November.

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes have been touting their centrist qualities in one of the most-watched Senate races in the country.

The tactics are a byproduct of Kentucky's status as one of the last truly bipartisan states. While most states are dominated by one political party, Kentucky Democrats and Republicans share control of the state legislature. Democrats have a substantial lead in registered voters. But Republicans have been gaining, registering 142,312 new voters since 2008 while Democrats have added 10,571 new voters.

That's why the tactics of both candidates so far have been to portray the other in the extreme: Grimes as a rubber stamp for Obama's policies and McConnell as an obstructionist.

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