"Extreme Amy McGrath is lucky to have gotten out of the primary with a victory, but her reputation sustained significant damage all across Kentucky". Booker, who is Black, touted a universal basic income and Medicare for All - ideas that McGrath has resisted.
With the national party's backing, McGrath has raised at least $41 million-more than any congressional candidate in the 2020 cycle-and spent more than $21 million on the primary.
Amy McGrath held on to win the Kentucky Democratic Senate primary on Tuesday, surviving a late push from a progressive state legislator whom she outspent 40-to-1.
According to the Associated Press, McGrath had a almost 9,500-vote advantage over Booker with 89% of precincts reporting Tuesday afternoon.
Despite her advantages, McGrath sweated out her victory against the hard-charging Booker.
McGrath drew the backing of Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), which helped bolster her fundraising.
The unrest followed the death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, who was shot by Louisville police after they used a no-knock warrant to enter her apartment.
The Louisville Courier-Journal chided national Democrats for the early support of McGrath, who struggled with her campaign launch last summer when she said she would have voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh before nearly immediately reversing course and saying she wouldn't.
She portrays McConnell as an overly partisan, Washington insider who exemplifies what's wrong with national politics.
Election officials across the state will finish sorting through ballots ahead of today's deadline.
McConnell accuses her of being too liberal for Kentucky on issues ranging from abortion to border security.
While McConnell is personally unpopular in Kentucky, he's repeatedly fended off Democratic and Republican challengers in previous cycles.
McGrath was backed by the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee in February, but Booker won the endorsements of the state's two largest papers, popular sports broadcaster Matt Jones (who had also considered a run) and Allison Lundergan Grimes, the former secretary of state who was the Democratic candidate for Senate against McConnell in 2014.
Still, she faces an uphill battle in the state that President Trump led by about 30 points in 2016. Earlier on Tuesday, Booker captured both Jefferson and Fayette counties, which cover Louisville and Lexington, but his edge was not enough to counter McGrath's lead with absentee ballots and some of the more rural parts of the state.