FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Charles Booker has won the Democratic primary election for the U.S. Senate in his bid to stop a decadeslong winning streak by Kentucky Republicans. He'll face off against incumbent Sen. Rand Paul, who is projected to win the GOP primary.
Booker is addressing supporters after being projected as the winner of his party's primary:
Paul released a video statement about winning his party's nomination:
Booker defeated three opponents in the Democratic primary. He will challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in the November election. Paul defeated five opponents in the Republican primary.
The fall campaign will feature sharply contrasting agendas. Paul promotes limited government while Booker supports sweeping health care and anti-poverty programs.
The Bluegrass State hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since Wendell Ford in 1992.
Booker is back with his “hood to the holler” campaign agenda after narrowly losing the Democratic Senate primary two years ago. He promotes social programs such as Medicare for All and a basic universal income. Booker says such proposals would uplift people across the Bluegrass State, including poor urban neighborhoods and struggling Appalachian towns.
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