|Allison Lundergan Grimes, who came up shorting trying to unseat Mitch McConnell last November, has been considered a likely candidate to run for Kentucky's next governor./CC|
Allison Lundergan Grimes -- the Democrat who challenged veteran Senator Mitch McConnell in one of 2014's most closely watched races -- has been considered one of the most likely candidates to run for Kentucky's next governor.
On Monday, the recently defeated would-be Senator put that consideration to rest, announcing that she would not run for governor this year. She will seek reelection to her current office, Kentucky Secretary of State.
Grimes's announcement leaves current Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway as the only candidate vying for the Democratic nomination to the office in May's primary election. Conway's opponent is Geoff Young, an employee of the Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence who unsuccessfully sought a congressional nomination last May.
The deadline to file as a candidate is Tuesday.
The Republican primary for the gubernatorial spot, on the other hand, seems likely to be highly contested, with four tickets currently declared. Of those, James Comer and Chris McDaniel, the latter a Northern Kentucky State Senator (Taylor Mill), so far have received the most endorsements and appear to be early favorites.
As of this writing, Grimes is currently the only declared Democratic candidate for the Secretary of State office.
- Staff report