Alison Lundergan Grimes reelected as secretary of state

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has defeated a little-known Republican challenger in her bid for re-election.

Grimes, well-known in the state for her unsuccessful bid last year to unseat Sen. Mitch McConnell, ran a low-key campaign for a second term.

Her opponent, Steve Knipper, a former city council member in Erlanger, criticized her for running for the Senate just 18 months after she was first elected as secretary of state.

Grimes, a Lexington lawyer before her political career, responded by pointing to her record since taking office in 2012: She has overseen the registration of 100,000 new businesses in Kentucky; led a $10 million upgrade of the state’s online business portal and has pushed for several voting access improvements in the legislature.

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