Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel has won reelection in Kentucky, retaining his Senate seat for a seventh term and triumphing over a well-funded Democratic challenger, Amy McGrath.
With 89 percent of Kentucky’s precincts reporting results, McConnell led McGrath by just shy of 20 points on Tuesday night, putting the two contenders at 58 and 38.1 percent, respectively.
In his victory speech, McConnell recalled witnessing Martin Luther King’s iconic march on Washington, saying that he had “dreamed about doing big things” with his career, but never expected to be made “the longest serving senator” in Kentucky history.
In his victory speech, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) invokes MLK: “When I witnessed Dr. Martin Luther King’s March on Washington speech … I dreamed about doing big things …” #election2020 pic.twitter.com/0m9N9S9NW5
— The Recount (@therecount) November 4, 2020
Though the win does not come as an upset, McGrath made a strong showing in the race, raising a record $36.8 million in the July-September quarter while riding a wave of indignation over the GOP-led Senate’s fast-tracking of a vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, overseen by McConnell as Majority Leader. Despite the influx of donations and outspending the Republican incumbent, however, McConnell appears to have taken the win handily.
Amy McGrath spent nearly $100 million and outspent Mitch McConnell by $30 million, but the Kentucky Republican and Senate GOP Leader cruises to re-election for his 7th term.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 4, 2020
McConnell’s victory has stoked vocal complaints from critics, some baffled that the long-term senator has managed to retain his seat for so many years, while others suggested the win meant “nobody really wants change.”
— Phone Rings, Door Chimes, in comes coronavirus (@MrSquah) November 4, 2020
— Nate (@JuggerN8) November 4, 2020
Mitch McConnell beat McGrath. I could spit.
— Tessa Arlen (@TessaArlen) November 4, 2020
The lawmaker was not without his backers, however, as the win was also met with an outpouring of congratulations, one netizen arguing McConnell would “keep other Republicans in check” in the upper chamber.
— Riley (@trumpiswinnin) November 4, 2020
Congrats to @senatemajldr for retaining your seat!
— Interiors by Heather B (@Intbyheatherb) November 4, 2020
Congrats @senatemajldr a well deserved 7th term
— Tom Wittreich (@tom_wittreich) November 4, 2020
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