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McConnell takes case to younger generation of voters

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Young voters could make a big difference in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race, and with less than three weeks left, Sen. Mitch McConnell Thursday reached out to the new generation.

McConnell spoke at the Young Professionals Association of Louisville Thursday, trying to convince them that his age - 72 - should not be a barrier at the ballot box.

In a tight race, younger voters, those in their 20s, 30s and 40s, could hold the key to victory.

"It's very important, especially to Sen. McConnell, because Republicans in the past, and even today, have kind of lost that youth vote," said Jefferson Co. Republican Party Chairman Nathan Haney.

In the latest Fox News poll of likely voters, McConnell actually led Alison Lundergan Grimes by 7 points, 45% to 38%, among those under age 45. But 9% were still undecided.

That's why McConnell spent an hour engaging young professionals in Louisville.

McConnell is trying to convince them that even though he is the 30-year incumbent, and Grimes is half his age, that he is the candidate of change.

"Change is not about whether you're new. Change is about where you want to go. My opponent will be a new face for the status quo. A new face to vote for the President's agenda," McConnell told the group.

Myrdin Thompson says she's still undecided.

She appreciated McConnell's appearance but is not ready to commit.

"I thought that he gave clear answers in a way that I haven't heard during the campaign because it gets caught up in soundbites and an ad here or a newspaper piece here. So it was really good for me as a voter," said Thompson.

But as always, the wildcard among younger voters is turnout, which is often low in midterm elections.

"I don't know what it's going to take, but we're trying to do our part, and I think information is the first step of that. If you're informed, you going to be more willing to make your voice heard," said Ann Marie Kelly, the executive director of YPAL.

Though McConnell did take questions from the audience, he did not speak to reporters.

Grimes is scheduled to appear before the same group at a breakfast meeting on Monday.

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