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Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic Senate candidate in Kentucky who failed to oust Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014, announced Monday that she will seek re-election to her current post as Kentucky's secretary of state.

Lundergan Grimes could be poised to play a role in the presidential aspirations of fellow Kentuckian Rand Paul. As secretary of state, she could work to block Paul from running for re-election to the Senate and for president at the same time. The simultaneous runs aren’t allowed under current state law.

Grimes said in December that she will not be “bullied” by the Republican senator.

- Carrie Dann