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U.S. Senate Republican Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his wife Elaine Chao greet a crowd of campaign supporters after defeating Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin in the state Republican primary elections in Louisville, Kentucky, May 20, 2014.
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his wife Elaine Chao greet a crowd of campaign supporters after defeating Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin in the state Republican primary elections in Louisville, Kentucky, May 20, 2014.
(JOHN SOMMERS II/REUTERS)

KEVIN CARMICHAEL

Watch Kentucky. Even the safest of Republicans isn’t all that safe

Before long, the candidates fighting for a Senate seat in Kentucky will have raised enough money to donate a dollar to every Canadian alive.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s 35-year-old Secretary of State, are waging the most closely watched political contest in the country. The money – $34-million (U.S.) and counting – reflects the stakes.