HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — After 30 years in the Senate, Republican leader Mitch McConnell isn't terribly popular at home in Kentucky.
Fortunately for him, President Barack Obama borders on politically toxic.
It's a fact that McConnell hopes to ride to victory over Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes for a new six-year term.
If he wins, it could mean a turn as leader of a majority Republicans hope to gain nationally.
The 72-year-old lawmaker concedes that his rival would be a new face in Washington.
But he says she'd be a new vote for Obama's agenda and Environmental Protection Agency rules that the senator blames for the loss of thousands of eastern Kentucky coal jobs.
Grimes disputes the allegation emphatically. She attacks McConnell's record on women's issues and accuses him of 30 years of failed leadership.