McGrath wins primary to set up showdown with McConnell

Charles Booker Amy Mc Grath neck-and-neck in Kentucky Senate Democratic primary race

"When we started this thing, we were down 50 points, up against a candidate with millions of dollars in the bank and all of Washington behind her", he said.

LEX 18 projects Amy McGrath the victor of the U.S. Senate democratic primary, putting her against Senator Mitch McConnell in November.

Amy McGrath has won Kentucky's U.S. Senate Democratic primary, NBC News projects, edging out progressive Charles Booker in a tougher-than-expected race for the right to face Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November.

On Tuesday, a week after the election, McGrath led Booker 45.1 percent to 42.9 percent, a margin of about 11,600 votes, with 95 percent of the state's precincts reporting, according to NBC News. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of MA, along with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY.

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"Extreme Amy McGrath is lucky to have gotten out of the primary with a victory, but her reputation sustained significant damage all across Kentucky", Cooksey said.

McGrath, who was supported by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, charted a more moderate course inside Democratic politics. McGrath had been the most high-profile candidate, but Booker surged into contention with endorsements from progressive icons Sens.

Since McGrath entered the race, she and McConnell have gone toe-to-toe in attack ad campaigns. He gained momentum amid the protests that followed the deaths of George Floyd and of Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police in Booker's hometown of Louisville.

The Louisville Courier-Journal chided national Democrats for the early support of McGrath, who struggled with her campaign launch last summer when she said she would have voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh before nearly immediately reversing course and saying she wouldn't. She supports the Affordable Care Act but believes it falls short of where the health care system should be. She accuses McConnell of undermining labour unions, awarding tax cuts for the wealthy and cozying up to pharmaceutical companies while people struggle to afford prescription drugs. McConnell's campaign has said McGrath is too liberal for Kentucky, on issues from abortion to border security. He promotes his work with President Donald Trump - who remains popular in Kentucky - to appoint conservatives to fill federal court seats. Both McGrath and Booker held early leads as in-person Election Day votes trickled in, with Booker leading in Louisville's Jefferson County by almost 65 points. Earlier on Tuesday, Booker captured both Jefferson and Fayette counties, which cover Louisville and Lexington, but his edge was not enough to counter McGrath's lead with absentee ballots and some of the more rural parts of the state.

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