Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes officially became the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate Tuesday night, coasting to victory over three men from Louisville who ran limited campaigns.
Grimes defeated Greg Leichty, a University of Louisville professor, retiree Tom Recktenwald and Burrel Charles Farnsley, the son of former Louisville mayor and U.S. Rep. Charles Rowland Farnsley.
Grimes has campaigned against Republican U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell since she entered the race last July, referring to him as Senator Gridlock and highlighting his low approval rating in the state.
McConnell faced a more formidable primary challenge than Grimes in the form of Louisville businessman Matt Bevin.
Grimes, 35, has emerged as one of national Democrats' favorite candidates of the 2014 election cycle, raising the millions of dollars needed to compete with McConnell this fall.
McConnell, who easily held off Bevin on Tuesday, hopes to tie Grimes to President Barack Obama, whose unpopularity in Kentucky and other conservative-leaning states has been a problem for national Democrats.