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Both senators visit the Tri-State on a busy day in KY politics

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Senator Mitch McConnell speaking at Henderson's Riverfront Dedication ceremony on Monday. Senator Mitch McConnell speaking at Henderson's Riverfront Dedication ceremony on Monday.
Senator Rand Paul talking with members of the Tea Party in Owensboro. Senator Rand Paul talking with members of the Tea Party in Owensboro.
KENTUCKY (WFIE) -

It was a busy Monday in Kentucky politics with both of the state's U.S. Senators in the Tri-State, while a major big announcement is made in Frankfort by a state official hoping to unseat the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell. 

Some tell 14 News that this might be the first time ever that both of Kentucky's senators were in the same city, at the same time. But that was quickly overshadowed by a sudden announcement that suddenly rocked Kentucky politics.

"That's the first I've heard of it," Kentucky resident Paul Estep said.  

The political winds suddenly changed Monday afternoon, right in the middle of an historic visit by both of Kentucky's Senators. Moments after Senator Mitch McConnell helped dedicate Henderson's new riverfront and Senator Rand Paul talked immigration reform with members of the Tea Party, the news broke that Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's current Secretary of State, now officially says she wants to be the state's next senator.

"I'm glad she came in. For a long time, there was really a question of whether she was going to come in and run," Estep said.

It's no secret Grimes was tossing around the idea of jumping into the ring. In fact, it was at the RiverPark Center in Owensboro that Former President Bill Clinton and Former U.S. Senator Wendell Ford privately met with Grimes encouraging her to run. It's said that Clinton and Ford hand-picked Grimes hoping she will be the Democrat to unseat Kentucky's longest serving U.S. Senator, Republican Mitch McConnell.

"Kentucky is tired of a senior senator that has lost touch with Kentucky issues, voters, and their values," Grimes said.

McConnell's staff tried to rush the senator away from 14 News cameras on Monday saying he wouldn't take any questions.

14 News was able to speak to Senator Rand Paul, who simply said, "I think she's going to have an uphill battle."

McConnell is up for re-election next year. It's rumored he has an estimated $8.6 million war chest.

Kentucky has not sent a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since 1992. That's when Wendell Ford won re-election.  

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