Sen. Mitch McConnell celebrating his primary election victory.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Shortly before Senator Mitch McConnell took the stage to celebrate his primary victory, his Republican opponent Matt Bevin addressed a large crowd of supporters at the Crown Plaza in Louisville.
The political newcomer thanked his wife, Glenna, and his nine children for putting up with him during his nine months of travel visiting the state to try and garner support. The veteran and businessman thanked supporters, many of them members of the Tea Party. He asked them all to fight for what's good and right in Washington. He did not specifically ask them to support McConnell.
Bevin addressed some bad blood during the campaign from his opponent and critics and said during his speech, "My challenge to you is to remain cool and to remain unruffled," he continued, "we know and we're not going to soon forget that we have been lied about, we know that we've been boxed out, we know that we've been ridiculed, we know we've been mocked and scorned, often by people who've never even met us."
Asked if he will encourage his supporters to put their votes behind McConnell in the general election, Bevin replied, "At this point, my supporters will support who they want to, just as they chose in this race to support who they want to and I'm not anybody's dictator with respect to where their votes go and I don't intend to be."
"I'll tell you this," added Bevin, "he (McConnell) represents far more of what I believe in than Allison Grimes does."
While still not a ringing endorsement of McConnell, Bevin said he's not certain they will stand on the same campaign stage together as the general election nears.
The next question - will Matt Bevin run again for political office? He told us it's too early to tell and said, "who knows, anything can happen."