McGrath Narrowly Defeats Booker to Win Kentucky Democratic Senate Primary

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Retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath narrowly defeated an unexpectedly fierce challenge from progressive state Rep. Charles Booker in the race for Kentucky’s Democratic Senate nomination to face off against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in November.

The Associated Press declared McGrath the winner Tuesday afternoon after initial in-person voting results from the June 23 primary were too close to call. The delay in announcing the full results was brought on by the influx of voters voting by mail-in ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic. Throughout the week as votes were being counted, the results fluctuated showing Booker in the lead as he largely won urban counties. However, McGrath was able to catch up to Booker when results from rural areas helped her deliver victory.

With 99 percent reported, McGrath led with 45.4 percent to Booker 42.6 percent or by just under 12,000 votes. All but 11 of Kentucky’s 3,685 precincts had reported results.