It's lined up a potential primary challenger, and already succeeded at pushing McConnell to the far right fringe
BY ALEX SEITZ-WALD
If Mitch McConnell isn’t conservative enough for you, Matt Bevin may be your guy. The Kentucky businessman is reportedly considering mounting a primary challenge against the Senate Minority Leader from the right, and has been reaching out to local Tea Party groups to secure support, according to The Hill’s Alexandra Jaffe:
Sarah Duran, president of the Louisville Tea Party, told The Hill that Bevin had been in touch with her over the phone to discuss his run multiple times over the past few weeks, and that he met with the group two weeks ago to discuss his interest in the race.
She added that other Tea Party groups had reached out to Bevin to encourage him to run, and that even “some people that have supported McConnell in the past” had been in touch with him about a potential bid.
Does Bevin have any chance of beating McConnell? Well, he’s wealthy and could presumably fund his own campaign, which would be crucial in taking on McConnell, who is sitting a on prodigious $7 million warchest. And McConnell is fairly weak — the least popular senator in the country, according to a recent PPP poll.