Major KY Newspaper That Historically Endorsed Democrats Declines to Publicly Back Amy McGrath

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Posted: Nov 01, 2020 2:00 PM
Major KY Newspaper That Historically Endorsed Democrats Declines to Publicly Back Amy McGrath

Source: AP Photo/James Crisp

In Kentucky’s nationally-watched Senate race between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Amy McGrath, the Democrat challenger was denied a crucial endorsement that is typically handed to Democrats. 

The editorial board of Louisville’s Courier Journal, Kentucky’s largest newspaper, did not endorse McGrath ahead of Tuesday’s election. The editorial board has weighed in on Senate contests dating back to 1980, and typically endorses Leader McConnell’s opponent. 

In McGrath’s contested primary, the editorial board endorsed her progressive challenger, Charles Booker. Given the board’s past endorsements in Kentucky Senate races, and with Democrats’ effort to nationalize McGrath’s candidacy, the board’s decision to not endorse Leader McConnell’s Democrat challenger is significant.

Democrats pumped over $100 million into Kentucky’s Senate race, but McGrath’s bid to unseat the GOP’s most powerful legislator was a long-shot from day one. Well on his way to another term in the Senate,  Leader McConnell’s reelection is rated as “likely Republican.”