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Kentucky Republican Matt Bevin to announce challenge to Mitch McConnell

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

It looks like Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell is going to get a Republican primary challenger after all.

Louisville businessman Matt Bevin plans to kick off his campaign with eight stops across the Bluegrass state, starting Wednesday. He’s expected to campaign against McConnell from the right.

According to a media advisory, he plans to announce his intentions Wednesday for the Senate race at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort. He’ll hold subsequent events in Newport and Louisville.

Bevin has hinted at a possible run for months. In March, he told TheDaily Caller of a possible Senate run: “If I can be a part of the dialogue that leads to a reversal of the downward economic spiral that faces us as a state and as a nation, then I am willing to do so.”

“The people of this state are self-reliant, hard-working and strongly principled citizens and many of us are disheartened by the idea that the values we hold dear are being left behind at the state border by some of those who are representing us in Washington,” Bevin said in an email. “We deserve better.”

McConnell has worked hard to avoid a challenge from the right as he faces re-election in 2014. Steps he has taken include hiring former Ron and Rand Paul aide Jesse Benton as his campaign manager.

On the Democratic side, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is running for the seat.

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