Republican Mitch McConnell wins reelection to U.S. Senate from Kentucky

Published: Nov. 3, 2020 at 8:04 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP/WKYT) - Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has won a seventh term in Kentucky.

McConnell is the chief ally of President Donald Trump in Congress and the longest-serving Republican Senate leader in history.

The 78-year-old McConnell defeated Democrat Amy McGrath. She’s a retired Marine combat pilot who challenged him as a political outsider.

McConnell played up his decades-long Senate career as an asset for Kentucky while McGrath portrayed the veteran politician as personifying everything that’s wrong with Washington.

Both candidates poured tens of millions of campaign dollars into a race that was influenced by the coronavirus pandemic and the federal response to the health crisis.

A thankful McConnell spoke to a quiet room, a hotel ballroom like most election nights, but this year it’s different because of COVID-19. Tonight, it was only media in the room, recording the Senator’s victory speech.

“And Kentucky I am humbled and grateful to keep fighting for your families and serving our commonwealth,” McConnell said.

He quoted the former statesman Henry Clay in saying the greatest of human powers is competition, and talked about how that is crucial in a free society. He said Amy McGrath ran a spirited race and stood up for her views.

“I applaud her willingness to step forward. And I want to thank the team that worked so hard connect with Kentucky and to make our case,” McConnell said.

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