Democratic congressional candidate Amy McGrath, who defeated a challenger from the progressive wing of the party on Tuesday, speaks to supporters in Richmond, Kentucky [File: Bryan Woolston/AP Photo]

Much to the dismay of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party in the United States, former Marine pilot Amy McGrath on Tuesday overcame a bumpier-than-expected Kentucky primary to win the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Voting ended June 23, but it took a week until McGrath could be declared the winner due to the race’s tight margins and a deluge of mail-in ballots. The outcome seemed a certainty early in the campaign, but became tenuous as challenger Charles Booker’s profile surged when the Black state legislator was embraced

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