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FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2020, file photo, state Rep. Charles Booker speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives in the State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Looking to flex his newfound influence after his Senate campaign fell just short, Booker reached out Thursday, July 2, 2020 to help unite Kentucky Democrats behind Amy McGrath's uphill fight to unseat Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)

Booker reaches out to unite Democrats against McConnell

Jul. 2, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Looking to flex his newfound influence among Kentucky Democrats after his Senate campaign fell just short, Charles Booker reached out Thursday to unite behind Amy McGrath's uphill fight to unseat Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Booker, a progressive who lost to...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Amy McGrath speaks to supporters in Richmond, Ky. McGrath overcame a bumpier-than-expected Kentucky primary to win the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination Tuesday, June 30, 2020 fending off progressive Charles Booker to set up a bruising, big-spending showdown with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)

McGrath raises Russia bounty issue in Kentucky Senate race

Jul. 1, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky (AP) — Taking the offensive after her narrow primary win, Democratic Senate nominee Amy McGrath challenged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to disclose what he knows about intelligence assessments suggesting Russia offered bounties for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan. McGrath, a...

Signs are held up showing Breonna Taylor during a rally in her honor on the steps of the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Thursday, June 25, 2020. The rally was held to demand justice in the death of Taylor who was killed in her apartment by members of the Louisville Metro Police Department on March 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

FBI: Breonna Taylor case 'top priority' in Louisville office

Jul. 1, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Federal officials are working “urgently and expeditiously” to investigate possible civil rights violations by the Louisville officers who fatally shot Breonna Taylor, Kentucky's top FBI agent said Wednesday. “We have our best agents working on this,”...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Amy McGrath speaks to supporters in Richmond, Ky. McGrath overcame a bumpier-than-expected Kentucky primary to win the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination Tuesday, June 30, 2020 fending off progressive Charles Booker to set up a bruising, big-spending showdown with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)

McGrath wins Kentucky Dem primary; McConnell showdown awaits

Jun. 30, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former Marine pilot Amy McGrath overcame a bumpier-than-expected Kentucky primary to win the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination Tuesday, fending off progressive Charles Booker to set up a bruising, big-spending showdown with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Voting...

U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath speaks to people during a visit to Thankful Hearts Food Pantry in Pikeville, Ky., Monday, June 22, 2020. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Senate Democratic primary heads to finish line in Kentucky

Jun. 29, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — One of Kentucky's most unpredictable political races in years is headed toward the wire Tuesday, but it's taking a full week after the June 23 primary to sort out a possible photo finish in the Democratic U.S. Senate contest. Absentee ballots that stacked up amid the coronavirus...

FILE-In this Tuesday, June 23, 2020 file photo, poll workers instruct a voter on where to go to fill out their ballot during the Kentucky primary at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. There was only one polling place open on election day this week in Louisville, Kentucky, and voting went relatively smoothly compared to other recent primaries amid the global pandemic. Does that mean other cities should consider the same in November? (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Advocates, experts warn against polling place reductions

Jun. 27, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — With only one polling place open on election day this week in Louisville, Kentucky, voting went relatively smoothly compared with other recent primaries held amid the global pandemic. Does that mean other cities should consider the same in November? Voting rights groups say no....

U.S. Senate candidate Charles Booker greets people at a campaign stop at Pikeville City Park in Pikeville, Ky., on Monday, June 22, 2020. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Booker leads McGrath but most Kentucky votes not yet counted

Jun. 25, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Progressive candidate Charles Booker pulled ahead of Amy McGrath on Thursday in his bid for an upset in Kentucky's Democratic U.S. Senate primary, but most votes had yet to be counted. Booker led by fewer than 3,000 votes as of Thursday afternoon, based in part on a dominating...

A person holds up a sign with the name of Breonna Taylor during a demonstration in Las Vegas on Friday, June 19, 2020, to mark Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the day in 1865 that enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, learned they had been freed from bondage, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Impatience grows for cops' arrests in Breonna Taylor's death

Jun. 25, 2020 5:39 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The outcry has reverberated for weeks online and at demonstrations nationwide: Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor. But three months after plainclothes detectives serving a warrant busted into her Louisville, Kentucky, apartment and shot the 26-year-old Black woman to death,...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Amy McGrath speaks to supporters in Richmond, Ky. McGrath and Eliot Engel live hundreds of miles apart in states with dramatically different politics. Yet they are both the preferred candidates of the Democratic Party’s Washington establishment as voters in Kentucky and New York decide their congressional primary elections on Tuesday. And both may be in trouble. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)

Kentucky Democrats begin wait for Senate election results

Jun. 24, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Democratic Senate primary went into overtime Wednesday as the candidates anxiously awaited the counting of absentee ballots to determine who will advance to challenge Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the fall campaign. After months of voter outreach amid the...

In this photo provided by Cawthorn campaign staffer Patrick Sebastian, Madison Cawthorn speaks to supporters, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Hendersonville, N.C. Cawthorn won Tuesday's Republican primary runoff for a western North Carolina congressional seat over President Donald Trump's endorsed candidate for the nomination. (Patrick Sebastian/Cawthorn Campaign via AP)

2 Republicans opposed by Trump win in Kentucky, N. Carolina

Jun. 24, 2020 1:39 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Voters rebuffed President Donald Trump and nominated two Republicans he opposed to House seats from North Carolina and Kentucky on Tuesday. Calls in higher-profile races in Kentucky and New York faced days of delay as swamped officials count mountains of mail-in ballots. In western...