Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and the majority leader known for his prison-free strategy, was elected for a seventh term on Tuesday, beating out Amy McGrath, a Democrat who was struggled for the position despite receiving financial support from her party supporters around the country.
Mr. McConnell campaigned back home about his use of his position as one of the most powerful figures in Washington to benefit Kentucky – a theme that has been consistent throughout his decades in Upper institute – and portrayed Mrs. McGrath as too liberal and inexperienced for the conservative state.
“I give Kentucky the chance to break through its weight and bring back a huge win we wouldn’t have had without a rookie senator,” McConnell said in a statement in the closing days. Translation, noting that he has “steered More than 17 billion dollars on Kentucky projects since his last election.
His victory, as called by the Associated Press, comes as McConnell fights to keep the title of majority leader, which is at stake as Democrats push for control of the Senate in competitive races. all over the country.
Because of his fierce resistance to Democratic priorities since the Obama administration, Mr. McConnell has become a prime target of Democratic outrage, once again amplified in the recent days when he passed an endorsement by the Supreme Court of Justice Amy Coney Barrett just a week before the election. It follows his decision to stop President Barack Obama from bringing Judge Merrick B. Garland to court a few months before the 2016 election, when he said voters should decide who filled the vacancy.
Ms. McGrath, a former Marine fighter pilot, attacked McConnell for focusing on exerting her power in Washington, arguing it would come at the cost of taking care of the people of Kentuckia, and for failing to deliver a pandemic relief package before Congress left. election.
Despite raising more than $ 80 million, Ms. McGrath, who lost the House elections in 2018, was behind McConnell in polls throughout the race. Some Democrats said they believe Charles Booker, an African-American state lawmaker from Louisville who lost the primary election to Ms. McGrath, will become a stronger challenger, but the defeat of the majority leader in a year with President Trump on the ballot is always going. hard.
Mr. McConnell, 78, is second only to Mr. Trump as an enemy of the Democratic Party. Some consider him worse than the president, as his Senate administration has played a key role in blocking Democratic priorities for many years, and then helping Mr. Trump achieve his goal. In particular, the installation of more than 200 new federal judges, including three in the Supreme Court. .
With Washington in a legislative stalemate, McConnell decided to emphasize the endorsement of conservative judges as it can be done without any votes from a Democrat minority. a series of Senate party rule changes since 2013. The rallying effort has been successful beyond Mr. McConnell’s expectations when he can bring Justice Barrett to court. Democrats have promised to seek sanctions and potentially expand the Supreme Court if they gain control of the Senate.
Democrats beat Senate Republicans in fundraising this election, alarming some Republicans, who now say they want a different look at the law. Fundraising. Those lawmakers did not include Mr. McConnell, a longtime protester of campaign financing constraints, who noted that he has had more than a million individual sponsors this year. Republicans needed to replicate the Democrats’ success, he said.
In trying to keep Ms. McGrath down, Mr. McConnell reminded voters that his failure and losing a majority in the Senate would be detrimental to Kentucky.
“If elected, my opponent’s first vote would move majority leadership from Kentucky to New York, placing Kentucky and our needs behind the East Coast liberals,” Mr. McConnell said, referring to Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader.