Amy McGrath

Apr 2012
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She is playing it very smart. She knows she is in Trump country. And she is using McConnell's lack of doing anything legislatively in the Senate as the reason Trump isn't getting his agenda. So if she can get the dumber than dirt Trump vote along with a majority of the Democratic vote she has a chance. She raised a hell of a lot of money in her first day. Heard it on the news this morning but don't remember how much just that it was extremely high, kind of like Presidential candidate numbers
2.8 million first day was what I heard.
 

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Kentucky is definitely Trump country, but West Virginia showed last year that the 2016 vote margin doesn't dictate Senate outcomes for the right candidate.

As others have already hinted, McConnell is gearing up for a fight but if it looks like McGrath has real momentum, he will likely retire.

He is beatable, many Republican voters still don't trust him at all despite everything he has done for the GOP's longterm interests.

A generic pro-Trump Republican would be a much tougher proposition, all involved know this, and the GOP simply can't afford to lose this seat.
 
Apr 2012
60,930
46,170
Englewood,Ohio
Kentucky is definitely Trump country, but West Virginia showed last year that the 2016 vote margin doesn't dictate Senate outcomes for the right candidate.

As others have already hinted, McConnell is gearing up for a fight but if it looks like McGrath has real momentum, he will likely retire.

He is beatable, many Republican voters still don't trust him at all despite everything he has done for the GOP's longterm interests.

A generic pro-Trump Republican would be a much tougher proposition, all involved know this, and the GOP simply can't afford to lose this seat.
What people forget is that WV was Democratic not that long ago. They had Robert Byrd all his political life, Jay Rockefeller until he retired and Joe Manchin was Governor. That state can swing very easily.

Byrd had a firm grip on that state. Much more admired than McConnell has ever been in Ky. He never won by more than a slim margin.
 
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Kentucky is definitely Trump country, but West Virginia showed last year that the 2016 vote margin doesn't dictate Senate outcomes for the right candidate.

As others have already hinted, McConnell is gearing up for a fight but if it looks like McGrath has real momentum, he will likely retire.

He is beatable, many Republican voters still don't trust him at all despite everything he has done for the GOP's longterm interests.

A generic pro-Trump Republican would be a much tougher proposition, all involved know this, and the GOP simply can't afford to lose this seat.

Source: CBS News
October 10, 2019


Amy McGrath, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's leading Democratic opponent in the 2020 Kentucky Senate race, raised $10.7 million in the third quarter of 2019 after launching her campaign in July. McGrath, who narrowly lost a House race in 2018, has already proven her ability to draw large donations, as her campaign raised $2.5 million in the 24 hours after declaring her campaign.

McGrath's campaign received 299,000 contributions, with an average donation of $36, according to her campaign. Significantly, McGrath's third quarter haul is greater than that of several presidential candidates.

"Mitch McConnell has never faced an opponent like Amy McGrath. Not only does a new independent poll show the race tied, but more than a quarter-million grassroots donations-from all 120 Kentucky counties-have provided us a record-shattering first quarter of nearly $11 million to take down McConnell and his self-serving special interest allies. Change is coming," McGrath campaign manager Mark Nickolas said in a statement, referring to a poll of registered and likely voters by AARP showing McConnell ahead of McGrath by one percentage point.

McConnell, who has represented Kentucky in the Senate since 1985, has easily dispatched Democratic challengers in previous elections. However, the senator is deeply unpopular in the state, and is the least popular senator in the country, with a disapproval rating of 50% in his home state, according to Morning Consult.

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Democrat challenging Mitch McConnell raises $10.7 million in third quarter

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Apr 2012
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Englewood,Ohio
She is playing it very smart. She knows she is in Trump country. And she is using McConnell's lack of doing anything legislatively in the Senate as the reason Trump isn't getting his agenda. So if she can get the dumber than dirt Trump vote along with a majority of the Democratic vote she has a chance. She raised a hell of a lot of money in her first day. Heard it on the news this morning but don't remember how much just that it was extremely high, kind of like Presidential candidate numbers
Those Moscow Mitch signs are all over Ky!
 
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Does she have a chance?
Odds are against it in Republican Kentucky even though McConnell's favorability rating in Kentucky is low.

Kentucky’s strong Republican lean makes it unlikely that McGrath or any other Democrat will defeat McConnell in 2020.....that doesn’t change the fact that the Bluegrass State is probably too red to elect a Democratic senator at the moment, barring some unexpected development.