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Alison Lundergan Grimes will challenge McConnell

July 1st, 2013 - By Steve James

Kentucky Secretary of State

Alison Lundergan Grimes has announced she will run against Senate

Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, ending the search by Democrats

to find a competitive challenger ahead of next year’s election.

Grimes announced her decision Monday afternoon in

Frankfort.

Touted as the Democrats’ best hope of unseating

McConnell in next year’s election, Grimes had been considering the

race since actress Ashley Judd opted out in March.

Former Democratic Party Chairman Bill Garmer and

Kentucky environmental attorney Tom FitzGerald had said they would

consider the race if Grimes had opted out. Three longshot Democrats

have declared their intentions to run.

Defeating McConnell would be the Democrats’ biggest

prize of the 2014 election. His seat is one of 14 that Republicans

are defending, while Democrats try to hold onto 21.