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Following a week of waiting after polls closed on June 23, Amy McGrath has won the Kentucky Democratic Senate primary and will face Repulican Sen. Mitch McConnell in November. What was once seen as a forgone conclusion months ago turned into one of the country’s closest primaries.

A new Quinnipiac poll of registered voters shows Ohio may be a swing state once again. The race between President Trump and likely Democratic nominee Joe Biden is a virtual dead heat with a little over four months to go before the November election.

No Surprises So Far After Polls Close In KY Primaries

Jun 24, 2020
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Bryan Woolston / AP

With most of the state's polling places reporting, there will likely be no upsets in Kentucky's primary. However, this comes without results from the commonwealth's two largest counties — Jefferson and Fayette — home to Louisville and Lexington. The two counties announced Tuesday that no unofficial results will be released until June 30. 
 

Progressives are mounting efforts to best establishment Democrats in Kentucky and New York Tuesday.

Black Lives Matter protests around the country have added energy to the left, and Black progressives are surging in contests in both states.

In Kentucky, the race between the two leading Democrats vying for the right to likely take on Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is coming down to the wire. All the momentum is on the side of state Rep. Charles Booker over Amy McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot with a lot of money and the party's backing.

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After more than a month-long delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kentuckians finally head to the polls on Tuesday, June 23, to cast their ballots. 

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Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear expanded the state's limited mail-in voting due to COVID-19 for its primary election on June 23. The change is temporary, applying only to the primary election, but activists want to make the change permanent.

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Bryan Woolston / AP

Louisville native and Kentucky State Representative Charles Booker likes his chances at upsetting Amy McGrath in the Kentucky Senate Democratic primary. Booker is coming off multiple major endorsements from the likes of former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the largest newspaper in Kentucky, the Louisville Courier-Journal. He’s repeatedly attacked McGrath as a "Trump-supporting Democrat," and is confident of his chances come June 23.

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John Bazemore / AP

The long lines and mechanical breakdowns in some major counties of Georgia during the Tuesday primary has Democrats and voter rights activists suspecting the GOP of voter suppression, a charge the Republican state leaders deny. 

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I grew up in journalism decades ago with crusty old editors who had a simple credo for what it was we journalists do.

Our job, they said, was to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

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AP

Kentucky's primary elections are coming up on June 23, but if you’ve seen television ads from Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell or his potential Democratic opponent Amy McGrath, you may not know it. Both candidates have spent almost all of their time — and almost all of their money — attacking each other instead of their primary opponents.

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J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was first elected to represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1984. Victorious in six elections for the seat, one of the nation's most powerful politicians wants to win his seventh six-year term.

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More than two months ago, president and prolific tweeter Donald Trump turned his legion of social media followers on a fellow Republican: Northern Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie.

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J. Scott Applewhite, Adam Beam / AP

Todd McMurtry, the Northern Kentucky lawyer famous for being part of the legal team representing a Covington Catholic High School student in suits against CNN and The Washington Post, hopes to unseat Rep. Thomas Massie in the state's June 23 Republican primary. McMurtry has attacked Massie over his apparent lack of loyalty to the president and the Republican Party.

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As the Kentucky primary approaches on June 23, Democratic candidates for the 4th Congressional District, currently held by Republican Thomas Massie, are prepared for a close race.

A fast tracked bill that would make some changes in election law for the November vote passed the Ohio House along party lines Thursday. The bill was a much different proposal than the original plan that voter groups opposed, but it still failed to get any Democratic votes.

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Patrick Semansky / AP

The Episcopal Bishop of Southern Ohio, the Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, has joined a chorus of voices in condemning President Trump for using St. John's Episcopal Church, a historic church near the White House, as the setting for a photo opportunity Monday.

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Michael Conroy / AP

After being postponed from May 5 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Indiana's primary takes place Tuesday with in-person voting. 

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Jay Hanelman / Facebook

This week in Cincinnati was a good reminder that through plagues and pandemics, through economic recession and even Depressions, the inexorable march of politics goes on. 

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Alex Brandon / AP

President Donald Trump is one of Twitter's most prolific users, but this week he turned his ire toward the social media platform, claiming that it censors conservative viewpoints.

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Tony Dejak / AP

The only fraud being perpetrated in the 2020 presidential election so far is the unmitigated nonsense being tweeted out on a nearly daily basis by the president of the United States.

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