Kentucky’s primary election results are in. With former Vice President Joe Biden all but assured the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, all eyes were on the Senate primary election. Amy McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot, capitalized on early support from the Democratic National Committee and out-of-state donors to win her party’s primary nomination for the United States Senate. In November, McGrath will face Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell, who is the Senate Majority Leader.
Ousting McConnell from the Senate seat he has held since 1985 will be an uphill battle. “He is quite literally the king of the Republican Party,” says Hannah Wilson, a McConnell Scholar at the University of Louisville. “Anybody who is a part of that kingdom has his protection and support, and that is a very powerful thing.”