Former Miss America Latest to Look at U.S. Senate

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Former Miss America Heather French Henry is the latest Democrat to consider challenging U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in his re-election bid next year.

French Henry said Wednesday that she's being encouraged to run, but that she has made no decision.

The Louisville clothing designer is only the latest Democrat to consider taking on McConnell, who, as the longest serving U.S. senator in Kentucky history, is seeking a sixth term.

Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes also is considering a run, as is former Democratic Party Chairman Bill Garmer, environmental attorney Tom FitzGerald, building contractor Ed Marksberry and musician Bennie J. Smith.

Actress Ashley Judd, a former Ashland resident now living in Tennessee, had considered the race but opted not to run.

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