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RESULTS: McConnell, Grimes win Senate primary elections

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will officially face Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in the U.S. Senate race in November.

McConnell defeated millionaire businessman and tea party challenger Matt Bevin in an expensive GOP primary that questioned the five-term senator's conservative credentials.

Bevin spent $3.3 million in his bid, but McConnell outspent the newcomer with $9 million for his campaign.

For the most part, McConnell largely ignored Bevin's campaign and instead focused his sights on his Democratic challenger Grimes, who he has attempted to link to President Obama, who is unpopular in Kentucky.

But in his acceptance speech Tuesday night, McConnell congratulated Bevin on a hard-fought race, praising his challenger for his passion and tenacity. McConnell called on Bevin's supporters to join him for the Senate election.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul introduced McConnell via video, lauding his fellow senator for standing up for the Commonwealth.
"Kentucky needs someone who will stand up to the President and say, 'No more.' Kentucky needs a champion who will defend her," said Sen. Paul. "I give you that champion: your senior senator, Mitch McConnell."

Seeking his sixth term in office, McConnell took the stage, thanking his wife and parents for their inspiration.

"Every day I fight against policies that make life harder for the people of Kentucky," Sen. McConnell said.

"This race isn't about one party against another: it's about a government that think it can lie to its own citizens and get away with it."

Grimes claimed the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat, and used her post-primary celebration as a campaign rally.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear spoke to hundreds gathered to support Grimes.

She says if she's elected as Kentucky's next U-S senator, her number one priority will be putting Kentuckians back to work.

In Lexington, the last stop of her 50-county bus tour, Grimes talked about her plan to strengthen the middle class saying Mitch McConnell has turned his back on them.

She thanked her opponents and says she's looking forward to November.

"We celebrate here tonight but make no mistake, our work continues tomorrow," Grimes said. "With his millions, Mitch McConnell is going to try and buy his way back to Washington, D.C."

Grimes called McConnell out of touch with the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Her campaign manager told WDRB's Emily Mieure that Kentuckians can expect to see a new ad from the Democratic challenger Wednesday.

CLICK HERE FOR KENTUCKY PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth won the Democratic nomination for Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District. Yarmuth defeated E. Ray Pierce of Louisville in Tuesday's Democratic primary. Yarmuth is seeking a fifth term in Congress.

The Kentucky Attorney General’s Election Fraud Hotline was open throughout the day. The Attorney General's office says the hotline received a total of 205 calls with 210 issues reported across the state.

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