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Watch This Democratic Senate Candidate Repeatedly Refuse to Say Whether She Voted for President Obama


In perhaps the clearest sign yet of how utterly toxic any association with President Obama is in many close congressional races right now, here's Alison Grimes, who is running just a few points behind in a race against GOP Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for one of Kentucky's Senate seats, repeatedly refusing to answer questions about whether she herself voted for President Obama.

The video comes from an interview session Grimes held with the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Yes, Obama is less popular in Kentucky than in other parts of the country, but even still: Grimes is a Democrat, running on the Democratic ticket, and she won't even say whether she voted for her own party's winning presidential candidate. 

Instead, she argues that "this election isn't about the president."

"I don't think the president is on the ballot," she says later. In addition, she brings up her support for Hillary Clinton in 2008, saying "I think Kentuckians know I'm a Clinton Democrat through and through." 

Astute observers may note that Hillary Clinton is also not on the ballot.

As to whether the election is or isn't about President Obama, here's what he had to say about the matter recently: "I am not on the ballot this fall….But make no mistake: These policies are on the ballot—every single one of them." 

In perhaps related news, election models now give Republicans an average 65 percent chance of taking over the Senate, according to Vox. The Washington Post's model estimates that the GOP's chances are running at 95 percent.