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Grimes Wins Democratic Senate Nomination in Kentucky

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Alison Lundergan Grimes has won Kentucky's Democratic U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a highly anticipated race with Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell in November.
 
Kentucky's secretary of state easily won Tuesday's vote. She looks to be McConnell's toughest opponent since his first election in 1984, when he narrowly ousted Democrat Dee Huddleston. Recent polls show the two locked in a virtual tie.
 
The daughter of a former state party chairman and close personal friend of the Clintons, Grimes has raised $8 million since announcing her candidacy last year. She has about $5 million left.
 
To win, Grimes will have to separate herself from a Democratic president who is unpopular with more than 60% of Kentucky voters. In ads and campaign stops, Grimes has fashioned herself as an independent Kentucky woman.

Meanwhile, Michelle Nunn has won the Democratic nomination for a crucial U.S. Senate seat in Georgia and now awaits the winner of a fiercely contested GOP race.
 
The Georgia race is among a dozen being watched nationally, as Republicans make a push to claim a majority in the Senate. Democrats consider Georgia a state where they could thwart GOP plans to pick up six additional seats, and Nunn -- the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn -- has proved to be a formidable fundraiser.
 
In early returns Tuesday, Nunn showed a sizable lead. Also on the ballot were former state lawmaker Steen Miles, psychiatrist Branko Radulovacki and ROTC instructor Todd Anthony Robinson.
 
The crowded GOP race, meanwhile, remained too close to call Tuesday evening.  (AP)

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