McConnell Must Unify GOP After Bruising Primary

By Associated Press | 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell must unify Kentucky Republicans after winning a hard-fought primary.

McConnell easily defeated Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin on Tuesday. But more than 30 percent of Republican voters voted against McConnell. The question is whether those voters will now support McConnell, who's locked in a close race with Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.

McConnell's campaign says Kentucky Republicans have a history of unifying behind their candidate, pointing to Rand Paul's 2010 election following a tough primary.

Bevin has said repeatedly that McConnell would lose the general election because the Kentucky Republican party is divided. Bevin did not endorse McConnell on Tuesday. But he said he would not support Grimes in November.

Some of Bevin's biggest supporters, including the Senate Conservatives Fund, have urged Republicans to support McConnell.

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