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Grimes to challenge McConnell

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 2, 2013) — After much speculation, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes confirmed Monday that she will challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will challenge Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Grimes, with her husband Andrew and former governors Martha Layne Collins and Julian Carroll at her side, announced her intentions at a press conference in Frankfort. Whether she would run for the U.S. Senate against McConnell has been a big source of debate for several months among the media and political pundits.

Grimes was recruited by state and national Democrats.

“I’m here today to tell you that I have met with my supporters. We have had a great conversation and determined and decided that we can make the best move, the best difference in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, by running for U.S. Senate,” Grimes said.

Her campaign will form in the next two weeks. Grimes called McConnell a politically vulnerable obstructionist.

McConnell issued a statement calling the 34-year-old secretary of state “courageous” for “accepting the invitation from countless Washington liberals to become President Obama’s Kentucky candidate,” the Herald Leader reported.