Grimes tells supporters she will run for U.S. Senate in 2014

07/01/2013 03:14 PM

Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes told her key supporters at the end of a 40 minute meeting Monday that she intends to run for U.S. Senate next year, multiple sources in the room confirmed to Pure Politics.

Grimes held a meeting of supporters at her former campaign headquarters in Frankfort where she explained the process she has undertaken to reach the decision.

She is expected to make a public statement to reporters after that meeting ends around 3:30 p.m.

Grimes has been considering the race for the chance to take on U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell since late March after actress Ashely Judd announced she wouldn’t seek the Democratic nomination to run for Senate in 2014. Much of that “due diligence,” as Grimes called it, has been spent on lining up national Democratic support.

McConnell already has raised $12 million through the first quarter of this year. The third quarter for fundraising begins today. McConnell’s second-quarter report will be available after July 15.

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He has covered politics for more than 10 years, including 7 years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Follow Ryan on Twitter @cn2Alessi. Ryan can be reached at 502-792-1135 or


  • viewer wrote on July 01, 2013 04:01 PM :

    All I want to see is Mitch defend and explain Mitch. Alison defend and explain Alison. Can we please have atleast 4 debates across the state. May the best person for Kentucky win. And these might not be the best candidates that enters the race. Stay tuned friends. Thanks , The viewer

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