- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is handicapping next year’s presidential race, but the Kentucky Republican didn’t mention his home state’s pivotal campaign for governor in a speech to a business group.

McConnell later told reporters Monday his absence of comments about the governor’s race didn’t reflect a lack of enthusiasm for GOP nominee Matt Bevin. Bevin last year tried but failed to wrest away McConnell’s seat in a bruising Republican Senate primary.

McConnell said he enthusiastically supports Bevin, though he didn’t mention his one-time rival by name.

Bevin faces Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway in November.

McConnell had plenty to say about the presidential campaign in his speech in Bullitt County. He said there’s not “a dime’s worth of difference” between Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama.

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