Kentucky newspaper endorses progressive Democrat in Senate primary

Kentucky newspaper endorses progressive Democrat in Senate primary
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A Kentucky newspaper is endorsing progressive state Rep. Charles Booker on Tuesday in the Democratic primary for the state's Senate race. 

“We understand that Booker is the underdog in this race; he has a steep climb to earn votes outside of his native Louisville, where he is well-known. But we believe this is a time for passion, not pragmatism,” the Herald-Leader editorial board wrote in its endorsement on Tuesday.

“Charles Booker is the only one generating real excitement among young people and old. We believe he would move the state in the direction that Kentucky needs to go in the future so it can, at long last, move forward. He deserves your vote," the board wrote.

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The Lexington newspaper’s endorsement comes the same day as Booker received the high-profile endorsements from Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump is fighting the wrong war Michelle Obama, Sanders, Kasich to be featured on first night of Democratic convention: report The Memo: Trump team pounces on Biden gaffes MORE (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMichelle Obama, Sanders, Kasich to be featured on first night of Democratic convention: report Democratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Ethics Committee orders Tlaib to refund campaign ,800 for salary payments MORE (D-N.Y). 

Booker faces several primary challengers, including Amy McGrath, who is endorsed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. 

“McGrath has put out sensible, middle-of-the-road positions aimed at Kentucky’s moderate voters, but they lack the boldness and vision that we believe is needed at this moment,” the Herald-Leader editorial board wrote. 

The board added that McGrath “sometimes seems over-coached and easily flustered.” 

The editors underscored their endorsement by saying that Booker, McGrath or a third Democratic candidate, Mike Broihier, are all “qualified and ready to serve.” 

“But because now is the time for bold and brave ideas, we endorse Charles Booker in the primary,” the editorial board wrote.

The Democrat who wins the party nomination will face a tough battle in November against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump signs executive orders after coronavirus relief talks falter Coronavirus deal key to Republicans protecting Senate majority Coronavirus talks collapse as negotiators fail to reach deal MORE (R-Ky.). The Cook Political Report rates the race “likely Republican.”