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KY Slashes Primary Polling Sites as Key Races Pit Progressives and Establishment Dems in KY, NY, VA

HeadlineJun 23, 2020

Three states are holding primary elections today: New York, Kentucky and Virginia. In Kentucky, voters are expected to face long lines as the state slashed the number of polling sites from 3,700 to 170 — a 95% reduction. In Louisville, Kentucky’s largest city, only one polling place has been designated.

The most closely watched race is the Democratic primary to pick a candidate to challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November. Progressive candidate, Kentucky state Representative Charles Booker — backed by Senators Warren and Sanders, as well as Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — has recently seen a surge in polling and is hoping to win out against former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath. McGrath has outspent Booker on ads, $14 million to $1 million.

Meanwhile, in New York City, progressive congressional candidate, former middle school principal Jamaal Bowman is challenging 16-term Democratic Congressmember Eliot Engel in his Bronx district.

This comes as Trump again attacked mail-in voting, falsely claiming it leads to fraud and that “Because of MAIL-IN BALLOTS, 2020 will be the most RIGGED Election in our nations history,” he tweeted. We’ll have more on today’s primaries later in the broadcast.

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