Tea party candidate to challenge Sen. Mitch McConnell

Tea party candidate to challenge Sen. Mitch McConnell

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A tea party activist who has signaled that he intends to begin a campaign to take on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in next year's GOP primary in Kentucky has now removed all doubt.

An aide to Louisville businessman Matt Bevin distributed a press advisory on Tuesday announcing stops on a statewide tour "announcing his candidacy" for Senate.

Bevin's entry into the race would force a major shift in the McConnell campaign, which has been concentrating entirely on Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's 34-year-old secretary of state.

The move by Bevin to challenge McConnell reflects a splintering of the tea party movement in Kentucky. Many of the activists, including U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, have already pledged their support to McConnell.

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