Grimes, McConnell Make Stops in South Central Kentucky

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All eyes are on two political heavy weights just days before the primary election.

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Both Sen. Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes made stops right here in south central Kentucky.

A crowd in downtown Franklin welcomed Grimes as she rolled into town for her jobs bus tour Saturday morning.

She said she hopes to become Kentucky's first female United States senator.

Results from a new Bluegrass Poll make it look possible as she leads McConnell 43 to 42 percent.

"We're excited about the momentum that continues to grow, and Kentuckians are saying this election isn't up for sale, they won't be bought no matter how many millions of dollars Mitch McConnell tries to put out there in negative, nasty ads. They're ready for someone who actually has a jobs plan to grow the middle class," Grimes said.

Later at a meet-and-greet in Bowling Green, McConnell wasn't too concerned about those results.

"Well, we've got a preliminary Tuesday. We think we're going to get a good result then and move on to the general election. I'm very confident that I'm going to be re-elected and give Kentucky an opportunity to have a front-row seat in the Senate," said the Senate Minority Leader.

They spoke to the crowds about several issues, focusing mainly on the economy.

Grimes says Kentucky needs a higher minimum wage.

"All Kentuckians across this Commonwealth deserve the opportunity to share in the American dream -- a shared prosperity that when we grow the middle class, we all survive. The studies that are out there show, especially here in Kentucky, it raises the incomes of one in four Kentuckians. It grows our gross domestic product. Most importantly, it actually creates thousands of jobs," she said.

McConnell says, at this time, it would be damaging to the state.

"The Congressional Budge Office, which doesn't work for either Republicans or Democrats, and in fact is run by a former Clinton White House staffer, says it would cost between a half million and a million jobs. Here in Kentucky the estimates are 17,000 jobs lost. The last thing we need in this jobless recovery is fewer jobs," he said.

Both are confidently looking ahead to the general election, hoping to get or keep that seat in the U.S. Senate.

McConnell is facing Louisville businessman Matt Bevin in Tuesday's primary election.

Bevin will make a tour stop at the airport in Bowling Green at 9:15 Monday morning.

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