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Republican Businessman to Announce Primary Challenge to Mitch McConnell Next Week

6:03 PM, Jul 19, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Louisville businessman Matt Bevin will launch a primary campaign against Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell next week, a GOP source with knowledge of Bevin's intentions tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

Bevin's name had surfaced as a potential primary challenger earlier this year, but public discussion of a primary campaign against McConell had died down until late Friday afternoon when Politico reported that Bevin had reserved airtime for television ads next week.

Bevin, a wealthy businessman who is capable of self-financing, will seek to run as an outsider Tea Party candidate. But the McConnell campaign plans on wasting no time spending some of its nearly $10 million war chest to make the case against Bevin.

"Bevin should expect a pretty bruising welcome to major league politics," a McConnell ally tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

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