Adkins still mulling possible Senate run in 2020

Posted at 4:20 PM, Aug 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 16:20:13-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could get another Democratic challenger in his reelection bid next year.

Kentucky House Democratic leader Rocky Adkins says a U.S. Senate run remains an option for him, but he doesn’t plan to announce his decision until after this year’s election.

Adkins said Thursday he’s been encouraged to enter the Senate race, including from Democrats who didn’t support his bid for governor this year. Adkins finished second behind Andy Beshear in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Since then, he’s campaigned with Beshear and backed a Democratic pension plan that failed in a special legislative session.

Adkins spoke to reporters Thursday at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast.

Other Democrats hoping to challenge the Republican McConnell include Amy McGrath, Mike Broihier, Steven Cox and Bennie Smith.