Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Democratic Senate Campaign Committee Gives KY's Lunsford A Big Boost

CQ Politics is reporting today that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) has given the largest share of its state party outlays for the month of August to the Kentucky Democratic Party. Democrat Bruce Lunsford is mounting a fierce campaign to unseat incumbent Republican Senator Mitch McConnell in the Bluegrass State. CQ says:

"The DSCC’s big August outlays also included $3.1 million in transfer payments to state Democratic Party committees to help them build their get-out-the-vote efforts ahead of the Nov. 4 elections. The largest chunk of these funds ($1 million) went to the Kentucky Democratic Party, which is helping Democratic businessman Bruce Lunsford... in his campaign against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell." 

This infusion of cash into the Kentucky race by the national Democratic Party's most important funding organization for Senate campaigns suggests that the contest may be closer than widely thought. Are there new internal polls? Is there more fall-out to come from McConnell's ties to Big Oil and corporate lobbyists? Whatever the answer, you can bet the DSCC isn't investing that kind of money unless it has good reason to believe that Lunsford can upset McConnell and add yet another seat to its majority in the next Senate.

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