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Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes officially kicked off her Senate campaign in her hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes officially kicked off her Senate campaign in her hometown of Lexington, Kentucky.

LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes officially kicked off her Senate campaign in her hometown of Lexington, Kentucky.

Lundergan Grimes announced she would run on July 16, but Tuesday she was joined by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear as she began her U.S. Senate campaign.

The 34-year-old Democrat is seeking to unseat Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in the 2014 election.

Louisville businessman and Tea Party candidate Matt Bevin has also announced he will take on McConnell in the primaries. While Bevin was not at the event he welcomed Lundergan Grimes to the Senate race in a statement saying he looks "forward to a civil, healthy debate about the future of our country."

Senator McConnell was in Washington during the event, but his Campaign Manager Jesse Benton said, "Kentuckians have a clear choice between Mitch McConnell, an unwavering defender of  our people and Alison Lundergan Grimes, an ambitious but unproven liberal who will be more beholden to President Obama and his financial backers than the citizens she hopes to represent."

Benton went on to say Senator McConnell looks forward to debating the most important issues of the day and proving why he is still the best person to carry Kentucky's banner in the U.S. Senate.

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