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Conservatives see McConnell's shutdown deal-making as a betrayal -- and an opening

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att Bevin speaks during a meeting of the Spencer County Tea Party at the Kentucky Farm Bureau in Taylorsville, Ky. on Thursday. Bevin is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the state's primary next year.
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Back in Washington, Kentucky's five-term senator, Mitch McConnell, was being hailed for pulling the country from the brink. The minority leader boasted to reporters about his ability to "step into the breach," cutting a deal with Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) that reopened the government and headed off a fiscal crisis. But in the scenic countryside southeast of Louisville, conservative voters gathered in a meeting hall at the local farm bureau to slam his deal-making as a betrayal -- and to consider the bid of McConnell's GOP primary challenger, Matt Bevin, who pledged to be their voice in Washington.

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