Kentucky: Lunsford Aims to Profit From Clinton Visit

Posted September 17, 2008 at 6:40pm

In an effort to capitalize on the deep well of Democratic Bluegrass State support for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), Senate hopeful Bruce Lunsford (D) will hit the campaign trail Saturday with the former presidential hopeful.

Clinton won 65 percent of the Democratic vote in the state’s presidential primary this spring.

Two Lunsford campaign rallies are scheduled in eastern Kentucky this weekend: one in Pikeville, in the district of Rep. Hal Rogers (R), and one in Lexington, in Rep. Ben Chandler’s (D) district.

Lunsford, a wealthy health care executive, is campaigning to knock off the well-entrenched Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) this fall.

Lunford’s support from Clinton comes a week after McConnell’s campaign released a poll showing the four-term Senator up 17 points. The last round of Federal Election Commission reports showed McConnell leading Lunsford by more than $7.5 million in cash on hand.