Bill Clinton hits trail for Lundergan Grimes

Former President Bill Clinton is hitting the campaign trail for Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes next week.

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Clinton is a friend of Lundergan Grimes’ father, prominent Kentucky Democrat Jerry Lundergan, and advised the current Secretary of state on the race while she was making her decision on whether to run against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). 

He’s indicated he’ll be an active supporter for her this cycle, and cut a video touting her candidacy that ran at her kickoff event this summer.

According to an invitation obtained by the Louisville Courier-Journal, Clinton is planning a fundraiser for Lundergan Grimes on Tuesday, with tickets ranging from $500 to $5,200.

Jonathan Hurst, Lundergan Grimes’ senior adviser, said Clinton has made the race “a top priority” because Lundergan Grimes shares his vision for the future.

“President Clinton championed economic growth and job creation while in office – leading the nation in its longest economic expansion in history. Alison Lundergan Grimes shares Clinton’s vision of a strong middle class and an economy that works for real, hardworking people, so it is no surprise that he has made our race a top priority and strongly supports the only candidate in this race who has a jobs plan for the future,” Hurst said in a statement.

Democrats believe Lundergan Grimes has a strong shot at taking down the longtime senator, who has seen his approval ratings plummet. A recent poll of the race showed him as unpopular as President Obama in the Bluegrass State.