- 2014 Watch May 20
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has won his Republican primary in Kentucky, easily dispatching an attempted Tea Party challenge by businessman Matt Bevin.
The Associated Press has called the race very early; with just 13 percent of precincts reporting, McConnell has 60 percent of the vote against Bevin's 35 percent.
McConnell now faces a very competitive general election against the Democratic nominee, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. A recent SurveyUSA poll gave Grimes a narrow one-point edge, but the race could potentially swing back to McConnell due to the state's heavy Republican advantage in national races.
In newly published comments that Bevin reportedly made a few weeks ago, he took something of a parting shot at McConnell's campaign — as well as the voters who bought Team McConnell's attacks:
"I've never lived my life for the impressions of ill-informed people," he said, describing himself as unbothered by "folks moved by a false narrative painted by somebody with millions of dollars."
He added: "I have been disheartened by how generally apathetic people really, truly are about taking ownership in their role in the political process. It wasn't a surprise, but I've just been disheartened by how true it really is." [The New York Times]- - Eric Kleefeld
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- The Obama era is over. The presidency continues.
- America created the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria? Meet the ISIS 'truthers'
- What is Molly? Everything you need to know about the party drug
- On ISIS, neocons and liberal hawks have a 'boy who cried wolf' problem
- Russia's giant spy ship was a high-tech disaster waiting to happen
- How American businessmen are ruining American business — and the U.S. economy
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- How Harry Houdini escaped death
- The constant struggle of running a family farm in 21st century America
- How to stop misogynists from terrorizing the world of gamers
Subscribe to the Week