Kentucky, Virginia, & Florida

Kentucky: Dems sending more money to beat McConnell. Despite polls that have recently shown Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) trailing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) by an average of five points, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is investing $1.4 million of new money in a statewide negative ad campaign aimed at McConnell. While the money might be more pragmatically spent in closer races, The Hill reports that many Democratic donors want to defeat the Senate’s GOP leader. The race is already the most costly in Kentucky’s history.

 

Virginia: GOP leading in competitive congressional race. Two party polls show that state Del. Barbara Comstock (R) is ahead of Fairfax County Commissioner John Foust in the open seat in Virginia’s 10th District (Fairfax County, etc.). The GOP poll, taken by the Tarrance Group in late September, showed Comstock leading by 46% to 34%; the Democratic poll, taken by Victoria Research about the same time, showed a much smaller lead for Comstock, 41% to 39%.

 

Florida: Boehner encouraging Jeb Bush to run for president. Although he has not officially endorsed anyone for the GOP’s 2016 top spot, contending his party has “a lot of good candidates,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has spoken highly of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) more than the others, reports The Hill. The newspaper attributes Boehner’s interest in Jeb Bush to the speaker’s long-time friendship with the Bush family as well as the two men inhabiting “the same centrist strand of the GOP,” and to a belief that Bush, who was a conservative governor of Florida, could unite Republicans after a heated primary season and mount a strong campaign against Hillary Clinton. Bush has “had plenty of opportunities to stop me,” Boehner said in an ABC television interview recently, “and he hasn’t.” Stay tuned.