FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Mitt Romney is coming to Kentucky to raise money for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the latest in a string of high-profile politicians getting in on one of the country's most competitive midterm races.
McConnell's campaign confirmed Tuesday that the 2012 Republican presidential nominee will visit Lexington on Oct. 2. Kentucky native and Alliance Resource Partners CEO Joe Craft will host the event along with his fiancee, Kelly Knight, a former Bush administration appointee.
The Lexington Herald-Leader first reported the news.
McConnell is in the middle of the toughest re-election campaign of his career against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. Grimes has held Kentucky fundraisers with former President Bill Clinton and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
The race is being closely watched nationally as Republicans try to take the Senate during the last two years of President Barack Obama's term.