Why Kentucky might be the key to the Senate majority

Why Kentucky might be the key to the Senate majority 1

Description: Amy McGrath is keeping Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell on his toes, after she won the Democratic nomination for Kentucky Senate earlier this summer. Now, the Republican establishment is having to spend time and money to ensure one of their party’s top leaders stays in office. Chris Cillizza explains why this is so important.

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85 Comments on "Why Kentucky might be the key to the Senate majority"

  1. Hey, Chris here – what other races are you focusing on in November?

  2. It’s crazy that votes depend on fundraising capabilities. Get the money out of politics!

    • Benjamin Romberg | August 4, 2020 at 4:44 PM | Reply

      Hank THE Patriot politics is the best money in town, why work for a living when they can lie, cheat and steal it plus retire and get permanent healthcare on our dime. Nice huh?

    • The Senate will remain in republican control,
      The House will turn republican
      Trump will win the White-house.
      The American’s people have always and will again reject democrats neo-communist socialism. The only thing unknown is how many democrats will jump out windows to their deaths after Nov 4.

    • Donnie Draftdodger | August 4, 2020 at 6:03 PM | Reply


    • Watch “Gun controls racist history” by Colion Noir… https://youtu.be/m-l7TO01-Sg

    • Trigger Warning | August 4, 2020 at 7:18 PM | Reply

      People tried to get big money out of politics, but the liberal majority
      (at the time) Supreme Court decided no.

  3. The Latino Doctrine | August 4, 2020 at 10:17 AM | Reply

    It’s easy, do you want “Trump Republicans” running the country??? Any Republican running is a “Trump Republican”. That was easy to explain.

    • Just Your Average Introvert well said my friend , let alone the bigley tax break they gave to corporations or the 1%. They have forgotten the back bone of America. It is not corporations or Wall Street ( ?% of of stocks owned by foreign interests) oh forgot the fn trickle down lmao.

    • Pam Schobelock | August 4, 2020 at 7:56 PM | Reply

      @The Latino Doctrine IDIOT…..his monthly pay is donated to various charities.

    • You must be out of the loop. Trump is not a Republican and previously was a Democrat. Republicans let him run on their ticket in 2016 because they felt he would split the vote and they wouldn’t win anyway. The Republicans don’t like him because they can’t control him, and he is not beholding to any donors. That’s what makes him a great President. He is considered a populist President.

    • American Patriot | August 4, 2020 at 8:23 PM | Reply

      @Just Your Average Introvert
      How much are they paying you to troll propaganda?

    • Stephen Smith | August 4, 2020 at 9:43 PM | Reply

      The Latino Doctrine Every Republican except Mitt Romney is a Trump-Republican.

  4. Turtle Mitch and his InterContinental shipping magnate wife are the problem with America.

    • Pandemix Box | August 4, 2020 at 7:06 PM | Reply

      @Sharon Brown tried for treason taken to gitmo and never be heard from again

    • Pandemix Box | August 4, 2020 at 7:08 PM | Reply

      @alex huffenberger I think rand’s neighbor already tried

    • Pam Schobelock | August 4, 2020 at 7:53 PM | Reply

      KY politician Charles Booker stated Amy McGrath was a pile of bull💩………and he’s a Democrat. If that doesn’t speak volumes about her character, I don’t know what does.

    • Pandemix Box | August 4, 2020 at 7:58 PM | Reply

      @Pam Schobelock
      I pledge allegiance
      To the old man
      ruling the 50 States of America
      and to the kleptocracy for which it stands 50 states under a dictator with no liberty or Justice for minorities

  5. Richard Darlington | August 4, 2020 at 10:18 AM | Reply

    Whether or not McConnell will lose his seat is not the question.
    Whether or not he will lose the majority in the Senate is very much in question.

  6. I Pray to God Amy Wins that Seat.

    • Zebulon Citanul | August 4, 2020 at 6:06 PM | Reply

      @bryanatwku That extra amount has been used to make COBRA payments that provide the medical benefits many lost when they were laid-off. These payments are costly…then there is food, auto insurance, rent, and other necessities.

    • If you plan on voting absentee, get that absentee ballot before the deluge. Do it NOW here. Sign the form and review it carefully: https://www.vote.org/

    • Watch “Gun controls racist history” by Colion Noir… https://youtu.be/m-l7TO01-Sg

    • Matt Grant, my point was Amy McGrath seems to be more pro-Trump than Mitch by her own words. So if you are anti-Trump, it would seem to make more sense to vote against her. If she is being deceitful, then that is a terrible way of starting a political career. Isn’t lying why we are supposed to hate Trump to begin with?

    • Zebulon Citanul, yes I understand people have expenses. I am people too.

  7. Mitch McConnell might be the worst republican in America but he’s the most successful human turtle hybrid ever produced.🐢

  8. Kentuckians ! Please stop mitch and wife from getting even richer off your backs !

  9. Am I the only one who’s uncomfortable with the fact that a senate or any race in a democratic republic is so dependent on big money ?

    • America is not a Democratic Republic, it’s a Constitutional Republic. Just say’n

    • @Xela somar You do know it’s gonna be a bunch of DEMONRATS fixing to go down.

    • It’s not big money we’re talking about here. There are individual donation limits, used to be $3700 each for primary and general, or $7400 per individual per candidate per cycle. But in general, each candidate gets maybe a few hundred of these max donors which add up to like 20% of their total, with the next 50% coming from people giving between $250 and the max, and the last 30% from people giving less than $250. Each candidate here likely has 100,000+ individual donors. But Big money IS a problem, created by the Citizens United ruling where it was decided that corporations are guaranteed the right to political free speech, which then created Super PACs of dark money, no need to reveal donors, and donor contributions are unlimited. These groups typically spend as much ans candidates themselves, but nobody know who’s behind them. As least for candidate financing, you can do research on their donors, and believe me, we do. Hint: greedy businessmen who want sprawl but want the local communities to pay for it rather than the developers donate to Republicans.

    • Out of state money needs banned

    • @Major Minor My history degree is reality. Get literate if you want to pretend to know more than educated people.

  10. Shame on the people that donated 37 million to Moscow Mitch.

    • @TheInternet0987 Ok said I was done but are you kidding me?? What are you 5? Is that all you have after this is “I know you are but what am I??” LOLOL I already know your answer – No you are 5! lol And you still have not admitted you read my comment wrong or that you quoted facts out of context and then accuse me then accuse me of doing that?

      Typical trump supporter. Not interested in facts, just spouting false narratives and when caught all you have is elementary school comebacks and even dumber comments. Thanks for reaffirming just how right I am about people like you who voted for bunker boy. You are all indeed dumber than rocks. LOL Peace out!

    • James Ludwig | August 4, 2020 at 9:02 PM | Reply

      Brian Barefoot no way US is far better than China

    • Brian Barefoot | August 4, 2020 at 9:35 PM | Reply

      @James Ludwig You made the comment to Stephen Brand “our problems were caused by a virus the came from you guessed it a liberal socialist country” Are you comparing China to the Democrats in this country?

    • James Ludwig | August 4, 2020 at 9:39 PM | Reply

      Brian Barefoot yup

    • Brian Barefoot | August 4, 2020 at 10:00 PM | Reply

      @James Ludwig there is something wrong with you. So you hate 50% of the USA? You are so warped

  11. 2020 is Moscow Mitch’s year to go 🧐🤔

  12. McConnell needs to follow the light in his sleep so this country can be great again

  13. Mitch has an advantage when it comes to raising money: an unlimited amount of rubles.

  14. Tom P Leonard | August 4, 2020 at 10:46 AM | Reply

    The fact that money has corrupted our politics so much is depressing

  15. Etienne Levesque | August 4, 2020 at 10:50 AM | Reply

    May the turtle man lost his seat

  16. Robert Clarke | August 4, 2020 at 10:52 AM | Reply

    All you have to do with McConnell is flip him over on his back!

  17. Out with Moscow “the grim reaper” Mitch

  18. Smart peter Griffith | August 4, 2020 at 11:24 AM | Reply

    The real question is who in the hell donated all that money to Moscow Mitch

  19. Bye Moscow MITCH!! You’re a has BEEN!!

  20. Iiesha Mcclendon | August 4, 2020 at 2:16 PM | Reply

    They should give that money to the people but there crying debt

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