"There is no doubt that Charles tapped into and amplified the energy and anger of so many who are fed-up with the status quo and are rightfully demanding long overdue action and accountability from our government and institutions", McGrath said. The outcome seemed a certainty early in the campaign but became tenuous as Booker's profile surged as the Black state lawmaker highlighted protests against the deaths of African Americans in encounters with police.
But now, the former congressional candidate who lost to GOP Congressman Andy Barr in 2018, faces a steeper uphill climb, as she aims to unseat the top Republican in Congress in a state President Donald Trump won by almost 30 points four years ago. McGrath was the first woman to fly an F-18 in combat, and flew more than 85 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
McGrath was the preferred choice among national Democrats, and as she campaigned, not only did she receive the endorsement of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, she also amassed a substantial $40 million in fundraising.
A full week of waiting is finally over, after an unusual primary in Kentucky.
Clerk Don Blevins Jr. said in virtually every case, the voter made an error that invalidated their ballot under state law, including failing to sign and seal both the outer and inner ballot envelopes.
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Pelosi said that the politics of a place shouldn't determine whether its citizens get a voice in Congress. That bill , S.119, passed the Senate last week, and House lawmakers asked for more time to discuss it.
The call came Tuesday, a week after the primary, as absentee ballots were counted.
Asked if voters need more guidance about the process before November, Blevins said his team had already done "an terrible lot" to make sure county residents knew the rules. ". We'll try again in the fall, but [voter error] happens every single election".
Despite her advantages, McGrath sweated out her primary victory against the hard-charging Booker.
While McConnell is personally unpopular in Kentucky, he's repeatedly fended off Democratic and Republican challengers in previous cycles.
Starting with an announcement video almost a year ago, McGrath has sought to cast McConnell as out of touch with his Kentucky constituents and has blamed him for dysfunction in Washington.
McConnell accuses her of being too liberal for Kentucky on issues ranging from abortion to border security. "McGrath is just another tool of the Washington Democratic establishment who has no idea what matters most to Kentuckians".