Bill Clinton raises $700K for Lundergan Grimes

Former President Clinton raised $700,000 for Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, more than the approximately $600,000 the campaign initially estimated.

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Clinton drew 1,200 supporters to a sold-out Tuesday fundraiser in Louisville for Grimes, who is working to unseat Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a top-targeted race this cycle.

During the fundraiser, Clinton and Grimes both drew parallels to Clinton's time in office during the 1990s, in a polarized political culture that a struggling economy helped stimulate.

And Clinton touted Grimes’s jobs plan as "an expression of trust in the people of Kentucky."

Grimes has been one of the party’s strongest fundraisers this cycle, outraising McConnell in her first quarter in the race and nearly matching him in the last quarter. Polls have shown the race is a dead heat. 

Continued support from Clinton and other big-name Democratic donors, including DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, who has named her race a top priority, will help her keep that pace.

Still, McConnell’s nearly $11 million cash on hand makes him the candidate to beat, if he makes it past the primary challenge he’s facing from businessman Matt Bevin.