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McGrath wins primary to set up showdown with McConnell

Kentucky Democrat Amy McGrath announces bid to take on Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2020
Posted at 11:27 AM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 12:27:31-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former Marine pilot Amy McGrath has overcome a bumpier-than-expected Kentucky primary to win the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination.

She fended off progressive Charles Booker to set up a big-spending showdown with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the fall.

McConnell is seeking a seventh term. It took a week after voting ended June 23 for McGrath to be declared the winner Tuesday. The outcome seemed a certainty early in the campaign but became tenuous as Booker’s profile surged. The Black state lawmaker highlighted protests against the deaths of African Americans in encounters with police.