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Failed House Candidate Announces Challenge to Mitch McConnell

Amy McGrath lost a congressional race to Rep. Andy Barr in 2018. Now she wants to take on the Senate Majority Leader.

By NTK Staff | 07.09.2019 @10:31am
Failed House Candidate Announces Challenge to Mitch McConnell

Failed 2018 congressional candidate Amy McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot, announced Tuesday she intends to run against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

McGrath ran for Congress in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District in 2018, but lost to Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) by about 10,000 votes or 3.2 percentage points.

McGrath’s name has been floated for months as a possible McConnell challenger, and she met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to discuss a potential Senate run. Per the Louisville Courier-Journal, Schumer encouraged McGrath to run.

But McGrath became an easy target for Republicans in 2018 following a number of controversial statements she made:

Republicans, however, hammered McGrath relentlessly on abortion after she said: “I don’t think the government should be involved in a woman’s right to choose what is happening to her body.”

The GOP had a field day with leaked audio from a fundraiser in Massachusetts, in which she said, “I am further left, I am more progressive, than anyone in the state of Kentucky.”

A political action committee with the sole focus of defeating McConnell took credit for recruiting McGrath to run, according to a press release on Tuesday.

For years, Democrats have hoped to defeat the Republican Leader to no effect. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes ran against McConnell in a nationalized race in 2014, but ultimately McConnell won in a 15-point landslide.

Will McGrath fare any better? Democrats hope so, but the fact she couldn’t knock off Barr in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District means it will be a very uphill battle in 2020.

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