October 18, 2013 12:45 PM

Shutdown over, Mitch McConnell puts focus on Alison Lundergan Grimes over Matt Bevin

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled in recent days he is increasingly focusing on his Democratic opponent in next year's Senate race and not so much on his Republican primary challenger. McConnell's decision to visibly enter negotiations to reopen the federal government indicated the senator saw more political value from taking a lead role in forging a compromise than risk of angering Tea Party Republicans.

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