The nation’s premier political race of 2014 played out in Kentucky, where U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell successfully turned back a well-funded challenge from Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes to become majority leader of the Senate.
The Herald-Leader’s coverage of the race was exhaustive, in-depth and ahead of the curve. Here’s a sampling of the campaign coverage I edited:
- The 7 biggest whoppers of Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race
- Dozens of stories and graphics (traditional and interactive) stemming from 6 Bluegrass Polls of the Senate race and other issues.
- Mitch McConnell’s first one-on-one interview after winning the election, in which he endorsed Rand Paul for president.
- The Herald-Leader was the first news organization to report that Grimes refused to say whether or not she voted for President Barack obama.
- Watchdog reporting that detailed Grimes’ involvement in a company that faced legal action over unpaid fines and fees. Plus, a sidebar revealing the role opposition research played in that story and others in the Senate race.
- Herald-Leader Political Writer Sam Youngman’s Political Paddock column. In particular, Sam’s early observations about Grimes’ dangerously cautious campaign, lack of overall strategy and unwillingness to engage the media became conventional wisdom in the final weeks of the campaign.
- An interactive graphic allowing readers to explore where the Senate candidates stood on 20 key issues. (No longer available online.)