Conservative Groups Spin a Loss in Kentucky Senate Primary

May 20, 2014 9:33pm
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PHOTO: Matt Bevin speaks to a gathering at the Spencer County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner, Feb. 7, 2014 in Fisherville, Ky. | Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks at the House Triangle during Coal Caucus' news conference, Sept. 26, 2013. AP Photo | Getty Photo

In a conspicuous attempt to turn lemons into lemonade, outside tea party groups backing Louisville businessman Matt Bevin are trying to spin tonight’s Kentucky GOP loss and claim some sort of “victory.”

Several outside Tea Party groups, including the Madison Project, the Tea Party Patriots, FreedomWorks, and the Senate Conservatives Fund, Mitch McConnell’s chief irritator, spent over $1 million to help boost hopeful Matt Bevin.

“We congratulate Senator McConnell on his victory and urge Republicans in Kentucky to come together to defeat Alison Lundergan Grimes. We thank Matt Bevin for standing up for conservative principles and giving voters a choice in this race. Now it’s time for Republicans to unite for victory in November,” said SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins.

READ: In Kentucky, Mitch McConnell Crushes Tea Party Challenger Matt Bevin

The Madison Project PAC released a similar statement in response to tonight’s election results.

Claiming responsibility for drawing Senator McConnell along with the Republican leadership in the Senate to the right, Drew Ryan of the Madison Project stated: “Matt Bevin lost tonight, but his effort was not in vain as he helped move conservatism forward and Senator Mitch McConnell and the Republican Senate leadership to the right. We congratulate McConnell on winning the primary. We ask all Republicans to come together to defeat extremist Hollywood liberal Allison Lundergan Grimes this fall.”

Just yesterday Bevin took to national television to criticize Senator McConnell’s politics saying on MSNBC’s ‘Daily Rundown,’  ”He’s not a conservative. He just pretends to be one every six years in order to trick his way back into the U.S. Senate.”

Bevin did spend a hefty sum of money, about $3.3 million, including $1 million of his own money.

But this is chump change compared to how much Senator McConnell has spent. He’s raised over $21 million and spent over $11 million to quell the challenge.

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