Newcomer vs. Grimes in Kentucky secretary of state primary


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — It has all the makings of a mismatch. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has name recognition and a hefty amount of campaign cash for her re-election run. Her primary election challenger is a little-known newcomer who hasn’t sought donations.

Charles Lovett says his desire for public service led him to challenge one of Kentucky’s best-known Democrats in next Tuesday’s primary.

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Grimes is back on the ballot a few months after her 2014 campaign for U.S. Senate ended in a loss to now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Now looking to keep her statehouse job, Grimes says she has delivered on promises — guaranteeing ballot-box access for all eligible Kentuckians and creating a business-friendly office.

The Democratic nominee will face Republican Steve Knipper of Independence in the November election.


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