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McConnell Closing in on Milestone as Longest-Serving Ky. Senator

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is
about to reach a new milestone.
On Saturday, the Republican will surpass former Senator Wendell
Ford as the longest-serving Kentucky senator. According to the
Senate historian's office, Ford served eight-thousand-772 days.
McConnell started his fifth term this week.
The 66-year-old McConnell admits his chances of setting the
longevity record seemed improbable in 1984, when he defeated
Democratic Senator Walter "Dee" Huddleston by just over 5,000
votes.
Democrats dominated the Bluegrass state at the time. That made
McConnell a prime target from the start of his Senate career,
though it wasn't unusual for Kentucky Republicans to occupy Senate
seats.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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