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Bill Clinton rakes in $700,000 for Alison Lundergan Grimes

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If there was any doubt about former President Bill Clinton's pull as a surrogate on the campaign trail, just follow the money.

Clinton helped rake in $700,000 for Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes at a luncheon on Tuesday, her campaign confirmed Wednesday. That's roughly one-third of the $2.1 million Grimes raised during the entire last quarter.

Both Clinton and Grimes spoke at the event, and both emphasized Clinton's personal closeness to Grimes and her family, who he has known for years. Clinton counts Grimes' father, Jerry Lundergan, a former Kentucky Democratic chair, among his good friends.

That relationship will likely bring Clinton to Kentucky again during this midterm election cycle to help boost Grimes over her Republican opponent, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell and Grimes have been neck-and-neck in most polls thus far, making the race one of the marquee ones to watch this year.

But Clinton also plans to act as a prominent surrogate on behalf of other Democrats, too. For one, Clinton has expressed interest in helping Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., who hails from the state where Clinton once served as governor.

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Rebecca Berg

Political Correspondent
The Washington Examiner