US Midterms 2014: Republican Mitch McConnell wins re-election to US Senate seat from Kentucky: CNN

US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell addresses supporters while accompanied by his wife, former United States Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, at his midterm election night victory rally in Louisville, Kentucky, on Nov 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell addresses supporters while accompanied by his wife, former United States Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, at his midterm election night victory rally in Louisville, Kentucky, on Nov 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - United States Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has won re-election to a sixth term, CNN projected on Tuesday, boosting Republican hopes of taking majority control in the chamber.

Mr McConnell, 72, who was first elected in 1984, defeated Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a 35-year-old Democrat who refused to say during the campaign whether she had voted for the unpopular Democrat President Barack Obama.