One of Kentucky's largest newspapers endorsed Mitch McConnell challenger Amy McGrath
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The editors of the Lexington Herald-Leader, one of the largest newspapers in Kentucky, endorsed Amy McGrath over the 36-year-old incumbent, Mitch McConnell.
"McConnell pretends to take care of Kentucky and the country, but has repeatedly chosen the GOP instead," the editorial team said.
Senate Majority Leader McConnell is one of the most prominent Republicans in the country. McGrath has raised over $ 46 million, surpassing McConnell's $ 36 million campaign to date.
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The Lexington Herald-Leader, one of the largest newspapers in Kentucky, endorsed nominee Amy McGrath over Senator Mitch McConnell.
"This election is made by Amy McGrath, a Democrat who challenges longtime Senate incumbent and majority leader Mitch McConnell," the newspaper's editors wrote in a comment. "During his 36-year tenure, McConnell has made it clear that his only passion is the pursuit of power, his own and that of the Republican Party. For that reason alone, we would agree with his opponent."
The editorial team praised McGrath, saying they "understand that Kentuckians suffer from a failure to meet the economic, educational and health needs that have left the state at the bottom of most rankings during McConnell's tenure."
McGrath is a retired Navy fighter pilot who challenges 36-year-old incumbent McConnell for the Senate. She defeated Kentucky Rep. Charles Booker in the Democratic primary for the Senate race. Although McGrath led McConnell in that campaign's cash race, with each candidate raising over $ 46 million and $ 36 million respectively, Business Insider's Grace Panetta previously reported that McGrath is unlikely to beat any of the most famous Republicans.
As the Senate majority leader, McConnell was a major player in the Republican Party and a staunch defender of the President. Shortly before the election, however, an economist said McConnell "expects Trump to lose" and is unlikely to support a stimulus plan as he does not want to jeopardize his personal interests as Senate chairman.
"McConnell pretends to take care of Kentucky and the country, but he has repeatedly chosen the GOP instead," said the editorial staff of the Herald-Leader. "On numerous occasions when he could have stopped the Trump administration's worst excesses, he has decided not to do anything or support the President, as evidenced by his maneuvers to ensure Trump's impeachment was quickly acquitted."
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