Ellison’s Election Tip Sheet

Ellison Barber election tip sheet

SENATE: KENTUCKY

Many red state Democrats have come out as critics of the EPA’s proposed rules to restrict carbon emissions.

Alison Lundergan Grimes was one of those Democrats, but Grimes had a bit of an embarrassing flub toward the end of last week when her campaign sent out a pro-coal ad that said “President Obama and Washington Don’t Get It … Alison Grimes Does.” The ad, according to Politico, was accompanied by a picture of a coal miner, but turns out it was not actually a coal miner—it was a European model.

Was this a huge deal? Probably not, but it does provide Republicans with ammunition to “raise doubts about the authenticity of her pro-coal position.”

That was further compounded this week when it was reported that Grimes attended a D.C. fundraiser and neglected to defend Kentucky’s coal industry, despite previous promises to address it.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Loses Primary to Tea Party Challenger

Dave Brat defeats Eric Cantor in Virginia primary
David Brat / AP

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia lost a Republican primary to a Tea Party challenger on Tuesday in a stunning upset that gave the conservative Tea Party movement the biggest victory in its short four-year history.

Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, was beaten by college economics professor David Brat, according to CNN projections. Brat had argued Cantor was not conservative enough, and accused the seven-term incumbent of betraying conservative values on spending, the national debt and immigration.