On Tuesday, Kentuckians woke to the news that Democrat Amy McGrath will challenge 34-year U.S. senator and current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for his seat in next year’s election. Pundits were quick to label McGrath the underdog in the race. In fact, the Bluegrass State has not elected a Democrat to the Senate since Wendell Ford in 1992. However, after her narrow loss to U.S. Rep. Andy Barr in last year’s midterm election, McGrath has the name recognition and financial backing to give McConnell, well, a run for his money. During her first congressional bid her coffers reached roughly $8.6 million — out-fundraising Barr by $3 million.