5:13 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Grimes Still Undecided on Possible Senate Bid

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is still wrestling with the idea of seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in next year's election.

Grimes says she is giving "due diligence" to the race.

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear met with Grimes today to try to gauge her interest in the race, as he has been doing with other potential Democratic challengers he declined to identify. Grimes said they "had a good discussion."

Beshear warned that whoever takes on McConnell is going to face a tough task. The second-term governor said McConnell is a "no-holds-barred" campaigner who can raise far more campaign cash than his opponents.

Beshear ran against McConnell and lost in 1996. Some Democratic leaders have been urging Beshear to consider a rematch, but the governor says he won’t seek election to any office after his term ends.