Retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath defeated state Rep. Charles Booker in the race for Kentucky’s Democratic Senate nomination, the AP announced Tuesday.
Why it matters: McGrath was deemed an establishment favorite until Booker’s progressive candidacy surged following national Black Lives Matter protests.
- Booker racked up a number of high-profile endorsements, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro.
- Kentucky continues to deal with the fallout from the March police killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and Booker has actively engaged with demonstrations calling for justice.
The big picture: McGrath garnered national attention in 2018 when she ran against Rep. Andy Barr (R) in Kentucky’s 6th congressional district, but she ultimately lost by about 10,000 votes.
- She will now take on incumbent Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November in what’s likely to be an expensive race as fundraising machines for both parties gear up..
- However, McConnell is still the prohibitive favorite. Cook Political Report rates the race as “likely Republican.”
OK, a lot is riding on this, and I gotta admit I could NOT picture Kentucky voting for a black man. I’m not sure I can picture Kentucky voting for a woman, either. Hell, I have a hard time picturing Kentucky voting for a Democrat.
Prove me wrong, Kentucky. Get to work!