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Via the Bluegrass Report, State Auditor Crit Luallen is not running against Mitch McConnell next year:

"While I have been honored that so many respected state and national leaders have encouraged me to consider running for the United States Senate in 2008, I have no plans to enter the race.  I have just been reelected as State Auditor and look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Kentucky in that capacity.  The polls show that Mitch McConnell is certainly vulnerable and Kentuckians are ready for a change.  I am confident that Democrats will field a strong candidate next year."

But do not despair!

Back in November, Kos showed us a Rasmussen poll that indicated there was an even stronger candidate against McConnell.

Rasmussen. 11/1. Likely voters. MoE 4.5% (No trend lines)

McConnell (R) 48
Stumbo (D) 41

McConnell (R) 49
Luallen (D) 39

McConnell's under 50%, and sticking his foot in his mouth like it's his job.  Greg Stumbo's over 40%, and just finished his term as Attorney General (elected statewide).  And Andrew Horne may still be considering a run.

This race is still strongly in play.

UPDATE: AP Confirms.

Originally posted to JR on Fri Dec 07, 2007 at 09:17 AM PST.

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  •  Andrew Horne Would Clean McConnel's Clock (3+ / 0-)
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    JR, wildcat156, jstott1701

    And I hope he decides to do it.


    You can have your "Under God" back when I get my "Liberty and Justice For All" back.
    KE - The Blog

    by karateexplosions on Fri Dec 07, 2007 at 09:21:28 AM PST

    •  Maybe, I'm not convinced (0+ / 0-)

      I'd certainly like to see him get in, but I don't know that he could pull it off.

      The American people are competent. Why shouldn't the government be competent? The people tell the truth. Why should our government lie? -Jimmy Carter

      by JR on Fri Dec 07, 2007 at 09:23:42 AM PST

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      •  Then Just Bathe In the Warm Glow of My Conviction (1+ / 0-)
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        JR

        I love Yarmuth and I'm glad he beat Northup, and I think Horne would have done the same in that election, also.  

        I like Stumbo for his vigorous pursuit of Fletcher's corruption, but his decision to join Lunsford's ticket makes me a little nervous.  If he's the guy to take on McConnell, though, I'll enthusiastically support him.


        You can have your "Under God" back when I get my "Liberty and Justice For All" back.
        KE - The Blog

        by karateexplosions on Fri Dec 07, 2007 at 09:43:58 AM PST

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    •  Either one... Stumbo or Horne (2+ / 0-)
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      JR, karateexplosions

      We're fortunate to have both of these two candidates.

      <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

      by bronte17 on Fri Dec 07, 2007 at 09:23:50 AM PST

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    For more and better Democrats

    The American people are competent. Why shouldn't the government be competent? The people tell the truth. Why should our government lie? -Jimmy Carter

    by JR on Fri Dec 07, 2007 at 09:22:01 AM PST

  •  My guess (2+ / 0-)
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    JR, jstott1701

    is that Horne will run. I don't know if Stumbo will, he's been talking about running for his old seat in the state House again (though that may be a bluff to get more money promised from the DSCC).

    I just hope someone officially gets in soon, because McConnell's sitting on an enormous war chest, and it ain't getting smaller.

    Joe Lieberman likes to be called an "Independent Democrat". I like being called a "sexual dynamo".

    by Arjun Jaikumar on Fri Dec 07, 2007 at 09:25:27 AM PST

  •  that's too bad (2+ / 0-)
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    JR, karateexplosions

    I think she really had a shot at it.  I'm not too crazy about Stumbo however.  I live in Jefferson County and have followed the Ethics investigation he led against soon to be former Gov. Ernie Fletcher and the pathetic way that he allowed the information to remained sealed to the public and cut a deal with Fletcher.  I just feel like McConnell will eat Stumbo alive.  We need a really strong canidate to go after Mitch and I just don't think Stumbo's the guy.  Andrew Horne I've alwyas liked and think that if he can withstand the barrage of shit that McConnell will throw at him, he could, possibly, maybe, knock off McConnell.  But if Stumbo turns out to be the nominee i will support him as well.  I vote for the Democrat I like in the Primary and vote for the Democrat in the general, whomever it may be.

  •  If not Luallen... (0+ / 0-)

    then we need a fresh face like Horne.  Stumbo is old news, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him with less-than-ideal favorability ratings to begin with.  the name ID would be a huge plus, but I'd like to see Horne.  Kentuckians have had it up to here with the current leadership.  We saw Dr. Dan nearly pull off the win in 2004, and I think that McConnell could easily be  the next Daschle (kind of hurts me to make that comparison... but it's true.)

    •  well, there is rumored to be a poll already... (0+ / 0-)

      ...so I'm guessing his favorability figures are known to some.  Let's see if they ever get released.

      But I don't know that someone who's never run statewide or ever held office is a better bet, even with all of Stumbo's history.

      The American people are competent. Why shouldn't the government be competent? The people tell the truth. Why should our government lie? -Jimmy Carter

      by JR on Sat Dec 08, 2007 at 11:43:00 AM PST

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  •  OK, so . . . (0+ / 0-)

    Am I the only Kentuckian who's actually kind of relieved? I don't think Luallen had a chance here. On the other hand, McConnell should be easy to beat if we can find an anti-tax, anti-library, one-armed, one-legged wounded pro-war Iraq vet to run on the Dem ticket.

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