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Grimes over Judd for US Senate race?

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes, left, and actress Ashley Judd, right. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes, left, and actress Ashley Judd, right.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes appears before news cameras Wednesday, but gave no clue whether she's seriously considering a run for the US Senate. 

After the news broke last night that President Clinton held a private meeting in Owensboro with Grimes the focus of this race has taken a dramatic turn from Ashley Judd to Alison Grimes.

Unlike actress Ashley Judd, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes isn't used to getting a lot of media attention. But that all changed when Bill Clinton flew into Owensboro.

"I have read the reports that have been out there," Grimes said.

Reports like this one splashed on the front page of about a private, one-on-one meeting the former president had with Grimes in Owensboro. It's something that made her an overnight superstar.

"She has other statewide ambitions but probably never thought about running for the U.S. Senate," University of Kentucky professor, Al Cross said.

According to Politico, Clinton told Grimes to set her sights, not on another state race, but a national one and a big one at that. A race that would put her against Washington powerhouse, Mitch McConnell.

"I think Alison is reluctant to get into a race where she will be bloodied up," Cross said.

By that, Cross, a journalism professor at UK, means McConnell and his powerful warchest, would most definitely come after her and her short political career.

"He's famous for making the election about the other person," Cross said.

Until now, this race has primarily focused on movie star Ashley Judd. But high-ranking Democrats, like Clinton and former US Senator Wendell Ford, aren't sold on Judd being the candidate.

That became even more obvious two weeks ago in Owensboro, when Clinton and Grimes talked privately for over 30 minutes.

"When Bill Clinton looks you in the eye and puts his persuasion on you, you have to consider it," Cross said.

From what we understand, this isn't stopping Judd from running. We're told to expect a campaign announcement from her by the Kentucky Derby.

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