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Mar 6, 2014 7:25 PM

Kentucky Political Races Bringing In Star Power

In the past few weeks, Kentucky has seen its fair share of political star power as the campaign season heats up.

Last week, it was Bill Clinton on the behalf of Senate hopeful Allison Lundergan Grimes.

This time the setting was more intimate as about a dozen people were dining with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at Rupp Arena.

Rice was visiting for a fundraiser for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

"She's held a significant global position," LEX 18 Political Analyst Bob Babbage said. "She has a PhD. She's been a college professor. She wanted to be commissioner of the NFL. That's the kind of person who brings a lot of dimensions and depth to a race like this."

Babbage said there's nothing new about bringing in political star power during a race as it adds renewed energy to a campaign.

"You could guess the key party leaders running for president or wanting to run for president in 2016 for the Democrats and Republicans would come to Kentucky during this race," Babbage said.

As for whom the Commonwealth could see next, Babbage said the sky's the limit; an athlete, entertainer, even someone that the candidate knows who's accomplished something unusual.

"We gave the leading senate race contested in America this year," Babbage said. "We already started the governor race for 2015. We have a battle for state legislature. What's not to like? There's something for everybody in Kentucky."

Another former Secretary of State will be in Kentucky next month as Hillary Clinton will be speaking April 26 at the United Methodist Women's Assembly in Louisville.

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