Charles Booker takes the lead in Kentucky Senate primary
Progressive Kentucky State Representative Charles Booker, 35, edged out Amy McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot who was running against him in the Democratic Senate primary race.
With about 12 percent of expected votes counted and 12 constituency reports, Booker leads McGrath 45.1 percent to 40.2 percent – about 3,200 votes. The tally includes the in-person votes cast on Tuesday, June 24 at polling stations and is too close to be called, NBC News reported.
It takes hundreds of thousands of mail ballots. They will take days to count and determine who takes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November.
Leading Republican in Congress, McConnell, is seeking a seventh term.
More than 161,237 people voted in person on Tuesday, according to the Kentucky Secretary of State. As of Tuesday morning, 530,196 of the 867,842 ballots sent out before election day were returned. Ballots must be postmarked before polling day to be counted.
Representative Booker serves in the 43rd District of the Kentucky House of Representatives and is its youngest black state legislator.
Ten candidates ran for the Democratic primary. McGrath was backed by several establishment Democrats. Booker has the endorsement of Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
Republican President McConnell and his campaign have targeted McGrath in recent months, launching an ad campaign in May that accused him of having a “far-left record” on abortion, the border wall and Trump’s impeachment, Fox News reported.
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Booker entered the race in January and joined protests against police brutality and racism in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, a Louisville woman who died in her apartment on March 13 by police who launched a arrest warrant.
Booker is in favor of a Green New Deal to Create Jobs, Medicare For All and End the Cycle of Generational Poverty. He wants to give workers a living wage and the power to fight for more and supports the Universal Basic Income.
“I experienced the struggle that the other politicians just talked about”, Booker mentionned on its website. “For too long we have been lied to, stolen and exploited. Lowered and not respected. We have been excluded from the decision-making process and our voices suppressed by the rich and well-connected. We are fed up with corruption. We are fed up with politicians who ignore us and those who play political games instead of just telling us the truth.