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In a tighter race than expected, former Marine pilot Amy McGrath has been declared the winner of the Kentucky primary to win the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination.
The race went back and forth the past two days as results trickled in, ultimately ending in McGrath fending off Charles Booker.
Booker pulled off wins in Kentucky’s biggest counties, Jefferson (his home) and Fayette, but it wasn’t enough to keep him afloat. A vast majority of counties went to McGrath.
"I'm humbled that Kentucky Democrats have nominated me to take on Mitch McConnell in the general election and can't wait to get started in sending him into retirement and finally draining the toxic Washington political swamp that he built," McGrath said in a statement. "I want to congratulate Charles Booker for his very impressive result, and also to Mike Broihier for stepping into this arena and making his passionate voice and ideas heard. I am proud to have competed against these men and, undoubtedly, doing so made me a better candidate. I hope I can rely on them for their help, guidance and advice for the fight ahead of us."
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The outcome seemed a certainty early in the campaign but became tenuous as Booker’s profile surged. The Louisville lawmaker got a boost in support as he moved into city streets, joining the fights for justice in the deaths of Black Americans there and across the country.
With McGrath in place, a big-spending showdown is in store between her and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is seeking his seventh term, in the fall.
McGrath says she supports adding a public health insurance option as part of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act and supports expanded access to Medicare for people 55 and older.
Amy McGrath Wins Kentucky Democratic Senate Primary, Will Face McConnell
The former fighter pilot defeated Charles Booker, whose campaign surged in the weeks before the election.A former fighter pilot who has raised more than $40 million, McGrath will now face Mitch McConnell, who also won his primary, in November.
She portrays McConnell as an overly partisan, Washington insider who exemplifies what’s wrong with national politics. She accuses McConnell of undermining labor unions, awarding tax cuts for the wealthy and cozying up to pharmaceutical companies while people struggle to afford prescription drugs.
While McGrath charted a more moderate course inside Democratic politics, McConnell calls her an "extreme liberal" and sent this statement following her victory:
“Extreme Amy McGrath is lucky to have gotten out of the primary with a victory, but her reputation sustained significant damage all across Kentucky. McGrath is just another tool of the Washington Democratic establishment who has no idea what matters most to Kentuckians. It’s clear this self-proclaimed most liberal person in Kentucky who supports government-run health care and abortion even in the ninth month does not represent Kentucky values.
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“Amy, it’s great to have you.”
McGrath hopes those Democrats who didn't vote for her will join her mission to beat McConnell.
"The differences that separate Democrats are nothing compared to the chasm that exists between us and the politics and actions of Mitch McConnell. He's destroyed our institutions for far too long," she said in a statement.
She's already gotten support from challenger Mike Broihier. He tweeted Tuesday, "We're calling on the wholeto unite behind and fight to defeat Mitch in November."
Voting ended June 23, but it took a week until McGrath could be declared the winner due to the race’s tight margins and a deluge of mail-in ballots.
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