Grimes picks up UAW endorsement in Kentucky Senate race

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has picked up an endorsement from the United Auto Workers in her bid to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the November election.

Mark Dowell, head of the Kentucky UAW's political arm, says Grimes would be a "strong voice" for working Kentuckians if she's elected to the Senate.

He says the Democratic challenger shares the UAW's vision for a thriving middle class.

Grimes' campaign says the UAW has more than 40,000 active and retired members in Kentucky.

It's the latest labor endorsement for Grimes. Last year, she was endorsed by the Kentucky AFL-CIO.

The McConnell-Grimes matchup is one of the country's most closely watched Senate races.

McConnell is seeking a sixth Senate term. Grimes is in her first term as Kentucky's secretary of state.

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