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February 17, 2014

The national spectacle of the 2014 Kentucky Senate race came here Monday when Alison Lundergan Grimes brought Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow to rally women to her cause.

Grimes & Mackey

Photo courtesy of November Strategies

Monday marked Grimes’ first appearance in Northern Kentucky since a Louisville Courier-Journal poll showed she was leading Sen. Mitch McConnell 46 to 42 percent. The race is attracting national attention and money because of the possibility the top Republican in the Senate could be toppled.

A crowd of 100, mostly women, packed into the back room of investment management firm Mackey Advisors in Bellevue to hear Grimes, Stabenow and Grimes’ grandmother Elsie Case urge them to support Grimes’ campaign against McConnell, the Senate minority leader.

Grimes said Stabenow’s appearance showed how important the Kentucky Senate seat was.

“It tells you what priority this campaign has,” Grimes said. “This is the chair of the Senate agriculture committee, Michigan’s first and only female senator, and the first female in the nation to beat a Republican incumbent.” Stabenow beat Spencer Abraham in 2000.

Next Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton will headline a fundraiser for Grimes in Louisville.

“I’m excited about the president coming to town,” Grimes told The Enquirer after the event. “This is his first campaign visit of 2014. This state is a focus for him, because, like the rest of Kentucky, he knows it means the difference in whether it will be former Minority Leader Mitch McConnell or Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.”

Kentucky voters have a chance to help get more women represented in the Senate and change the culture in Washington, D.C., Stabenow said. Out of 100 senators, 20 are women.

“You are in a very important time and place,” Stabenow said. “You have a unique opportunity I hope you will grab onto. Don’t let this one get away. You have an opportunity to fundamentally change the tenor of the United States Senate.”

Grimes’ campaign chose Mackey Advisors as an example of a successful woman-owned business. Owner Mackey McNeill joined many in the audience who said they hope to see more women in the Senate. If they can get 30 women in the Senate, McNeill believes government will work much better.

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