Bill ClintonBill ClintonBill Clinton sends get well wishes to Bush family US democracy is in crisis. Trump voters must help us get past it. Obama on Dems boycotting inauguration: 'I’m going to be there' MORE's first election year stop will take him to Kentucky to try to help knock off Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellSenators looking for deal on Trump's nominees States sue to block last-minute Obama environmental rule GOP senators introducing ObamaCare replacement Monday MORE.
Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of State, is locked in a tough contest against the sitting Senate minority leader. A Bluegrass Poll conducted for local papers and TV stations released Thursday showed her notching a four-percentage-point lead over the incumbent, as McConnell's approval in the commonwealth has nosedived. Grimes also led McConnell's GOP primary challenger Matt Bevin by five points.
The relationship between the Clintons and the Lundergans stretches back decades. The candidate's father, Jerry Lundergan, is a former state party chairman who led Clinton's presidential campaigns in the state. Clinton carried Kentucky twice, the last Democrat to do so. Clinton had also cut a video that played at Lundergan Grimes's campaign kickoff last summer.
Democrats hope the famously folksy former president could be a boon for them on the campaign trail, where he's a frequent surrogate, particularly in GOP-leaning states, where President Obama's approval ratings aren't strong.
Grimes added that Clinton's decision to make Kentucky his first stop during the midterms "speaks volumes about the momentum behind my candidacy and our campaign."