clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

National Democrats are giving up on Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky

Mitch McConnell triumphant?
Mitch McConnell triumphant?
Win McNamee / Getty
Andrew Prokop is a senior politics correspondent at Vox, covering the White House, elections, and political scandals and investigations. He’s worked at Vox since the site’s launch in 2014, and before that, he worked as a research assistant at the New Yorker’s Washington, DC, bureau.

As we wrote last week, this is the point in the midterms when each party has to take a hard look at its spending priorities, and redirect its money to the closest races. Today, via reporting by Kyle Trygstad of Roll Call, comes the latest news of a candidate apparently cut loose by her party — Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, in Kentucky. The DSCC is no longer airing ads for Grimes and has no plans to air any more.

This news helps pave the way for an easy reelection victory for Senate Minority Leader — and possibly soon Majority Leader — Mitch McConnell. This also helps explain why Grimes has recently resorted to the rather desperate tactic of running an ad criticizing the 1986 immigration reform bill, while attempting to hide it from a national audience, as Vox's Dara Lind wrote.

Like the NRSC's decision to cancel its ad buys in Michigan last week, this news will come as no surprise to those following the polls and election forecasts. For months, Grimes has polled among the worst of Democratic candidates in races viewed as competitive.

KY-SEN 10-14

Grimes, once viewed as a promising recruit, is now being criticized for running a bad campaign that squandered the chance to unseat the unpopular McConnell. But last year, election analysts Harry Enten and Nate Cohn predicted that Grimes' polling numbers would eventually be pulled down by the fundamentals of both Kentucky and the national situation.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for Vox Recommends

Get curated picks of the best Vox journalism to read, watch, and listen to every week, from our editors.