Adam Edelen

Kentucky Democrats Reassess Race Against Rand Paul

If his presidential bid is unsuccessful, Paul is expected to run for re-election next year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Only one Democrat represents Kentucky in the House, and not since 1998 has the state been represented by one in the Senate. Still, the party thought it could run a competitive race for the Senate seat next year.  

But after big losses in Tuesday's elections, hopes for challenging Republicans in next year's Senate race are suddenly dimmer.  Adam Edelen, Kentucky's auditor of public accounts, had been viewed as  a possible candidate in that race. That was until he lost his re-election bid in an upset Tuesday.  

Paul's Stagnant Presidential Campaign Causes Concerns for Senate Race

Paul is spending time, money and attention outside of Kentucky, prompting concerns by some that he is giving Democrats an edge. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul got a rare show of support for his presidential campaign this week with the endorsement of Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C.  

Mulvaney — the only member of the early primary state’s congressional delegation to endorse in the race so far — lent his endorsement Monday at a time when polling continues to suggest Paul is struggling to gain traction, leading to questions from the political class in Washington and Frankfort about the viability of his candidacy in the crowded field to become the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.