Mitch McConnell to have primary challenge

Jul 22, 2013

Matt Bevin, a Louisville businessman with support from Kentucky tea party activists, plans to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the 2014 GOP Senate primary.

Bevin, a partner in a hedge fund group, plans to make his announcement at the Kentucky statehouse in Frankfort Wednesday morning; and go on to campaign stops in Newport and Louisville later in the day.

Challenging an incumbent U.S. Senator is always difficult; and McConnell already has $10 million in his campaign account and the support of a Super PAC called Kentuckians for strong leadership.

Tea party groups in Kentucky have been dissatisfied with McConnell for voting for debt ceiling increases, NAFTA, the "fiscal cliff" deal earlier this year and other issues.

A national organization, Tea Party Nation, recently endorsed McConnell, prompting leaders of the United Kentucky Tea Party organization to fire off a letter to Tea Party Nation, saying that if the group "had taken the time to reach out to us, you would have learned that Tea Parties in Kentucky do NOT support Senator McConnell's campaign."

According to the, Bevin has reserved air time for commercials in several Kentucky TV markets beginning this week.

McConnell already has a Democrat running against him - Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.