Adviser: Dem To Decide On McConnell Challenge In ‘Not-Too-Distant-Future’

An advisor to a possible-Democratic nominee in the Kentucky Senate race, Alison Lundergan Grimes, said a decision on whether to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) would likely be coming in the “not-too-distant future.”
 
“She’s certainly closer to making a decision than she has been because she has been talking to a lot of people and assessing what this opportunity means,” the adviser told ABC News.
 
Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state, has been mulling a Senate run for months and, despite mounting pressure from her fellow Democrats to make a decision, still has only said that an annoucement would probably come “within a month.”
 
In an interview with ABC News Tuesday, Rep. John Yarmuth, Kentucky’s lone Democratic congressman, said that he and other Democrats have been reaching out to Grimes to little response and called her failure to return calls “extremely unusual.”
 

“She’s keeping her own counsel on this, and I guess that is fine, but there are others waiting in the wings,” Yarmuth said, noting that Democrats want to “avoid an expensive primary.”

The Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling released a survey Tuesday that showed Grimes and McConnell statistically tied in a hypothetical match up.

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