Grimes’ Gun Ad Backfires in Kentucky

The latest polls on the looming fight over control of the U.S. Senate show Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pulling away from his toughest Democrat competitor to date, Alison Lundergan Grimes.

And in a last-ditch effort to recover that lost ground, Grimes has attempted to throw off the Obama stink with which McConnell’s campaign continues to load her… and it may be backfiring.

The pro-coal, pro-Second Amendment state of Kentucky prides itself in its largely rural roots, so an ad showing Grimes’ shooting clay while declaring “I’m not Barack Obama” should’ve worked. But McConnell’s team didn’t miss a beat in calling Grimes a hypocrite.

In a rapid-fire response ad, McConnell’s latest ad shoots:

“Alison Grimes thinks shooting a gun will convince you she’s not like Barack Obama. But Grimes twice supported Obama’s platform for Obamacare, for the war on coal, for Obama’s foreign policy and, ironically, for gun control.”

McConnell’s spokeswoman Allison Moore piled on, “Alison Lundergan Grimes thought holding a gun like Barack Obama could convince voters that she’s ‘not Barack Obama,’ but Kentuckians already know that Grimes supports Obama and would be a sure vote in favor of implementing his anti-coal, anti-gun liberal policies.”

The current RCP poll average puts McConnell up over Grimes by 5.2% including the latest Marist poll which shows him up by as much as 8% with just over 40 days remaining until the midterm elections.