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AP: McGrath beats Booker in primary, will face McConnell in Senate race

June 30, 2020

Graphic by Owensboro Times

Amy McGrath will reportedly hold off a surging Charles Booker to win the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination, and she’ll now take on Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November’s general election.

The Associated Press called the race late Tuesday morning.

McGrath won handily in Daviess County, where a record-breaking 21,684 votes were counted. McGrath earned an even 7,000 votes to Booker’s 4,320. 

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Locally, McGrath won among early voters (398 to 248) as well as mail-in votes (5,811 to 3,132), though Booker actually edged the former Marine pilot on during in-person voting on Election Day (940 to 791)

Statewide, McGrath’s lead had grown to roughly 11,000 votes with 110 of 120 counties reporting just before noon, according to the Kentucky State Board of Elections website.

The rest of the primary races all had one-sided results locally: 

  • McConnell received 6,660 votes (80.61%) locally and will run for a seventh term.
  • Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump received 7,259 votes (85.87%)
  • Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden earned 8,727 votes (67.85%)
  • 2nd District U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie earned 7,328 votes (88.12)

June 30, 2020

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