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Rand Paul Says Andy Beshear Could Win Mitch McConnell’s Senate Seat

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul predicted Wednesday that Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear could win the Senate seat held by Mitch McConnell.

Beshear defeated Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron in November to secure a second term as governor. McConnell's seat will be extended to 2026 after he is re-elected in 2020. The Senate minority leader has not announced whether he intends to run again. (Related article: 'Republican leaders should actually show leadership': Ted Cruz calls on Mitch McConnell to step down after border bill fiasco)

“If Governor Beshear ran for Senate and the election was held tomorrow, who would win?” Fox News host Laura Ingraham asked Paul.

“Bethia,” Paul said.


Former President Donald Trump leads Kentucky by a wide margin. 2016 and 2020 Meanwhile, Republicans won other statewide offices in the 2023 off-year elections.

“Not quite?” Ingraham asked.

“Yes,” said Paul.

Paul unexpectedly lashed out at McConnell, accusing him of not working with the Senate's more conservative Republicans.

“He's completely out of touch with Kentucky Republicans and conservative Republicans. He's advocating giving all this money to Ukraine, but we don't go along with that, and I mean, Kentucky Republicans. Now, nobody’s going to buy into that,” Paul told Ingraham. “His approval rating in Kentucky is almost below zero, the lowest of any elected official in the United States. He is working with Biden and Schumer to funnel money to Ukraine, but he is not cooperating.”

“He's in the minority of the caucus,” Paul continued. “Probably 10 of them will vote with all the Democrats. He's trying to use the minority of big government Republicans here to work with Democrats to send money to Ukraine. is.”

Mr. McConnell will discuss the recently collapsed border agreement negotiated by Republican Sen. James Lankford (Oklahoma), Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy (Connecticut), and independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (Arizona). He has been criticized, and some conservatives are reportedly planning to replace him.

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