Kentucky may not have seen the last of Sen. Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellTrump flirts with Dems for Cabinet Lawmakers eye early exit from Washington Confirm Scott Palk for the Western District of Oklahoma MORE’s (R-Ky.) failed primary challenger, businessman Matt Bevin.
"We've been flooded with emails and phone calls from folks asking him to consider running," she said. "But right now Matt is enjoying the summer with his family, and is focused on his responsibilities to his employees.
"As a small business owner and father of nine children, Matt has no lack of things to keep him busy that don't involve thinking about a race that's a year away."
But an anonymous source close to Bevin said he may have his sights set on the Senate, not the governor’s mansion. The source said he’s contemplating running in 2016, if Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) ends up having to choose between running for reelection and for president, and choses the latter.
Bevin would draw much of the same electorate that drove Paul to his own insurgent win over the establishment pick in 2010 — but he’d still face an uphill battle. Despite McConnell’s deep unpopularity with the Kentucky electorate, Bevin’s campaign was dogged by missteps and gaffes, and he ultimately took just 35 percent support to McConnell’s 60 percent.