Why isn't Alison Lundergan Grimes beating Mitch McConnell among women voters?

A 72-year-old conservative man is running even among women with his 34-year-old Democratic female opponent

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is in a tough re-election fight with Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D). But somewhat amazingly, McConnell — who, let's face it, fits the "old white man in a suit" description to a T, particularly when contrasted with a 34-year-old female opponent — seems to be defying the gender gap better than almost any male Republican in recent memory.

McConnell is ahead overall. FiveThirtyEight pegs his odds of victory at 75 percent. And with Republicans needing a net pickup of six seats to flip the Senate, and with McConnell on the cusp of becoming majority leader, the stakes in Kentucky couldn't be higher. But what has gotten little attention is how McConnell has avoided falling prey to the "war on women" narrative that Democrats love to skewer Republicans with.

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Matt K. Lewis

Matt K. Lewis is a contributing editor at TheWeek.com and a senior contributor for The Daily Caller. He has written for outlets including GQ Politics, The Guardian, and Politico, and has been cited or quoted by outlets including New York Magazine, the Washington Post, and The New York Times. Matt co-hosts The DMZ on Bloggingheads.TV, and also hosts his own podcast. In 2011, Business Insider listed him as one of the 50 "Pundits You Need To Pay Attention To Between Now And The Election." And in 2012, the American Conservative Union honored Matt as their CPAC "Blogger of the Year." He currently lives in Alexandria, Va.