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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jul 1, 2013 8:25 PM Flag

    Democrats land top recruit to challenge McConnell in Kentucky

    Democrats land top recruit to challenge McConnell in Kentucky

    Alexandra Jaffe 07/01/13 03:37 PM ET

    Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Monday she will challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), giving Democrats their favored candidate and turning the race into one of the 2014 cycle's marquee contests.

    Lundergan Grimes, 34, said she's "no stranger" to being an underdog and took a shot at McConnell over recent ads mocking her for taking her time to decide on a campaign bid. She said the five-term Republican's ads are "based out of fear" of losing his power in Washington.

    She also drew a generational and gender distinction between herself and McConnell, 71, who was first elected to the Senate in 1984.

    Lundergan Grimes stressed that she was Kentucky's "only female constitutional officer" and "the youngest secretary of state across the nation that is a female."

    "Kentucky is tired of a senior senator who has lost touch with Kentucky issues, voters and their values," she said.

    McConnell, in a statement emailed to supporters, called Lundergan Grimes's decision to enter the race "courageous."

    “Accepting the invitation from countless Washington liberals to become President Obama’s Kentucky candidate was a courageous decision by Alison Lundergan Grimes and I look forward to a respectful exchange of ideas," he said.

    McConnell's email included a fundraising plea to "help us lead the charge against another rubberstamp for President Obama."

    Lundergan Grimes will face a formidable fight against McConnell, who is widely considered to be one of the nation's shrewdest political minds and has so far amassed a war chest of more than $8.6 million to defend his seat. He ran a web ad campaign last week mocking Lundergan Grimes for having not yet announced her Senate plans.

    "I am no stranger to being an underdog. His ads are based out of fear of losing his 30-year grip on power," Lundergan said when asked about McConne

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