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Mitch McConnell files for re-election

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — joined by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., left — spoke against the filibuster rule change at a news conference Thursday on Capitol Hill.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — joined by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., left — spoke against the filibuster rule change at a news conference Thursday on Capitol Hill. AP

FRANKFORT — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell filed to run for a sixth term on Tuesday, setting up what is sure to be a bruising campaign season.

McConnell, R-Louisville, drove to Bowling Green last week to get his papers signed by junior Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, a quiet occasion featured in an online video that McConnell's campaign released Tuesday.

After McConnell's campaign filed his papers with the Secretary of State's office — likely Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes is the Secretary of State — without fanfare or media attention, the campaign put out a news release and a video entitled "United."

The video features Paul and Comer praising McConnell as they sign his re-election papers.

"What he has done and what allows him to be the most powerful Republican up there is that he can pull people together — united on Obamacare, united on a balanced budget amendment," Paul said in the video.

The campaign said the video "will be backed by a substantial online and social media push."

McConnell faces a primary challenge from Louisville businessman Matt Bevin.

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