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‘Everything that’s wrong with Washington started with him’: Mitch McConnell gets powerful Democratic challenger

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Amy McGrath

She’s a former Marine Lieutenant Colonel. She was a fighter pilot, and the first woman Marine to fly in an F/A-18 Hornet in front line combat. She served for 20 years, and flew 89 missions bombing terror groups like al Qaeda and the Taliban.

She has a Masters from Johns Hopkins. A BS in political science from the U.S. Naval Academy.

She’s 44. A Democrat. The mother of three and married to a life-long Republican.

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And she’s running to unseat Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

She says: “Everything that’s wrong with Washington had to start somewhere—it started with him.”

Amy McGrath grew up in Kentucky and went to an all-girls Catholic school.

Unseating McConnell will be hard, but McConnell is not liked in Kentucky. His average approval rating is just 25%, and his unfavorable is 46.7%, according to Real Clear Politics.

McConnell’s pesky business that sure smells like corruption isn’t going to help him.

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Amy McGrath announced her Senate run Tuesday morning with this powerful video and the launch of her campaign site.

Watch:

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Can a Democrat win in the deep red Bluegrass State?

McGrath tried in 2018 in a run for Congress. She lost to a Republican by less than 10,000 votes, 51% to 47.8% – which is awfully close.

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UPDATE: 8:10 AM ET –

“Defeat Mitch” is trending on Twitter.


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Supreme Court denies GOP demand to shorten mail-in ballot deadline in North Carolina

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Trump continues to ‘lie to us’ about COVID-19 ending — and his facts don’t add up: report

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WATCH: Supercut of proof of Donald Trump’s long-held racism

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Supporters of President Donald J. Trump regularly defend the divisive president claiming he isn’t a racist — but he has a long history showing the contrary. On MSNBC's The Beat with Ari Melber Wednesday, the host shared a supercut of instances where President Donald J. Trump's racism was on full display.

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