Refinery29: Voting In The Primaries Might Be The Only Way To Save Electoral Politics
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Refinery29 – June 22, 2020
In the fight to unseat far-right Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, there are two very different leading candidates in the Democratic primary: Amy McGrath and Charles Booker. McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot, is running as a centrist war hero, seemingly gift-wrapped with a shiny, blue bow. Propped up by establishment figures like Sen. Chuck Schumer, McGrath, who has never held political office, has raised $41 million, a huge financial advantage — although it is notable that the vast majority of these funds come from outside the state. From the progressive wing of the party, Booker is a 35-year-old state legislator who supports Medicare for All and the Green New Deal; he has been endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. While McGrath had an early lead in the race, in the past few weeks, Booker has gained a firestorm of momentum ahead of tomorrow’s primary, and is now polling 44% to McGrath’s 36%. A recent headline proclaims: “Things Are Not Going Well For Amy McGrath.”