Alison Lundergan Grimes will challenge McConnell

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP/WPSD) - 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 long shot 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.

David Ramey, Calloway County Democratic Chairman told WPSD Lundergan Grimes carefully considered if she could actually win against the five-term republican and announced when she realized she could. He said her popularity in the Purchase Area counties could mean the western part of the state could get quite a bit of attention from the candidates.

Earlier story:

UPDATE (2:47 p.m.) - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Alison Lundergan Grimes says she will run against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has scheduled a press briefing for Monday afternoon to issue a statement about Kentucky's U.S. Senate race.
   
The content of that announcement is being closely guarded.
   
Grimes has been touted as the Democrats' best hope of unseating Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in next year's election. She has been considering whether to get into the race for the past several months.
   
Political adviser Jonathan Hurst said Grimes will meet privately with supporters at 2:30 p.m. EDT Monday in Frankfort and then brief reporters at 3 p.m.
   
Hurst declined to say whether she would be announcing her decision about the race.

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