Former President Bill Clinton will be traveling to Louisville, Ky. later this month to campaign for Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), who is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for his U.S. Senate seat in November.
“We are very excited to have President Clinton coming into town to make his first campaign stop of this election cycle,” Grimes said in an interview with the Courier-Journal Friday. “I was elated when he called and said he wanted to make this race his top priority.”
Clinton, who won over the Bluegrass State in his 1992 and 1996 presidential bids, will attend a Feb. 25 campaign event to rally support for the 35-year-old Democrat.
Clinton’s first public endorsement of Grimes came in July, when he filmed a two-minute YouTube video launching her campaign to oust McConnell.
Although Clinton didn’t mention McConnell by name, he urged viewers to “just say no for the sake of saying no” and described Grimes as “smart and strong, compassionate and effective, and Kentucky through and through.”
Clinton’s support “speaks volumes about the momentum behind my candidacy and our campaign,” Grimes told the Courier-Journal.
“We appreciate President Clinton’s friendship and are excited that he is making our campaign a top priority,” Grimes senior adviser Jonathan Hurst said in a press release Friday. “We’re proud to have the President as a key part of this campaign.”
A recent nonpartisan poll conducted for the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Courier-Journal and stations WHAS and WKYT found Grimes edging McConnell by a 4-point margin.