Kentucky, Georgia, & Florida

Kentucky: Newspapers endorse Grimes. Louisville’s Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader both endorsed Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, 35, for the US Senate in her challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), 72. The Courier-Journal urged Kentuckians to vote for “a young, relatively untested Democratic challenger who nonetheless offers intelligence, energy and clear potential.” The editorial pointed out that Grimes appeared before the C-J’s editorial board, while McConnell declined to appear, adding, “Thirty years in the Senate, and no comment.” The Herald-Leader editorialized that Grimes “has shown that, as the Senate’s first Kentucky woman, she would bring energy, focus and independence” to help Kentuckians. The paper noted further that “McConnell does have power. He commands a perpetual-motion money machine; dollars flow in, favors flow out.” Polls show it’s down to the wire.

Georgia: Barrow supports Ebola quarantine. “We ought to impose a mandatory 21-day quarantine, not in this country at our expense, but someplace else at somebody else’s expense” for travelers coming from Ebola-impacted countries, US Rep. John Barrow (D) told a group of voters Monday. Barrow, who represents the 12th District (Augusta, etc.), faces a tough challenge from businessman Rick Allen. Barrow also said he favors sending technical and medical assistance, but not US troops, to West Africa to help combat the virus, reports

Florida: Clinton boosts Graham. Former President Bill Clinton campaigned in the Sunshine State on Sunday, appearing at a get-out-the-vote rally at Florida A&M University to support Gwen Graham, the Democratic challenger to US Rep. Steve Southerland (R) in the 2nd District (Tallahassee, etc.). Clinton urged the 1,000 people in the crowd to march to the polls or to board buses and vote immediately, reports the Tallahassee Democrat.  While in Florida, Clinton also campaigned for US Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) in Palm Beach Gardens and in Tampa, for Democrat Charlie Crist’s gubernatorial bid.