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Topic - Stephen Voss
Minutes after Alison Lundergan Grimes launched her Senate bid in Kentucky the battle lines were drawn, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tying the Democrat to President Obama and the agenda of "Washington liberals."
State-level tea-party leaders who helped launch Sen. Rand Paul's meteoric rise from obscure small-town eye doctor to nationally known conservative leader thought they had a sure winner again in Kentucky's Republican gubernatorial primary.
"We have a whole lot of people who are registered Democrats, but who show little loyalty toward the national Democratic Party," Mr. Voss said. "So the challenge for Grimes is to get voters to forget about that she caucuses with Obama's allies in Washington, D.C., and have her seen as a moderate Democrat."
Mr. Voss said that Mrs. Grimes can't be counted out, pointing out that she has the stature to raise enough money to mount a serious challenge, and could make inroads with the voters that supported then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 presidential primary.