Mitch McConnell feeling political heat in Kentucky as popularity plummets

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mitch McConnell may be in the fight for his life as he attempts to run for an unprecedented sixth term as senator from Kentucky.

Although McConnell is a Republican in a state where 60 percent of the electorate voted for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, many voters see McConnell as bland and too willing to compromise with the other side as opposed to Kentucky’s popular junior Sen. Rand Paul.

Sensing vulnerability, Kentucky’s Democrats feel that this is their chance. The only problem? They are having trouble finding someone who can pose a challenge to the longtime senior senator who is running for his sixth term in office.

For the past few months, the actress Ashley Judd has floated the possibility, receiving praise, criticism and a lot of attention, until announcing on Wednesday that she has decided not to run. Attention has switched to the young and photogenic Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, but the 34-year-old has yet to enter the race.

Host Carmen Russell-Sluchansky spoke with Steve Voss, a political science professor at the University of Kentucky, to discuss the McConnell race.


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Carmen is a multimedia journalist based in Washington, DC whose work has appeared in a variety of outlets including National Geographic, NBC News, the BBC, Asia! Magazine, The China Post, Chicago Tribune and Orlando Sentinel.