Jul 10, 2019

McConnell challenger Amy McGrath's campaign says it raised $2.5 million in 24 hours

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Amy McGrath's campaign said on Wednesday that it raised $2.5 million in its first 24 hours, after the Kentucky Democrat announced her bid to challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell next fall, NBC reports.

Why it matters: McGrath's campaign said that was the most money ever raised during a Senate campaign's first day. This highlights how the Kentucky race is set to become a lightning rod in 2020 — as the idea of "dealing with" McConnell was a question in the first 2020 presidential debate.

By the numbers: McGrath's campaign said the funds came from over 69,000 online donations, with an average donation of about $36. McConnell has raised $11.2 million for his re-election since 2015, Politico reports, and currently has $7.9 million cash on hand.

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McConnell challenger Amy McGrath in Kavanaugh vote support flip-flop

Amy McGrath. Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images

Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Amy McGrath walked back comments Wednesday that she "probably would have voted" to appoint Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court — hours after she made the declaration.

Details: McGrath, who hopes to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2020, made the comments on Kavanaugh during a wide-ranging interview with the Courier Journal in which she also said, "If President Trump has good ideas, I'll be for them. At the same time, if I think he’s wrong I’m going to stand up to him."

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Mitch McConnell fractures shoulder after falling at Kentucky home

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has fractured his shoulder after falling at his Kentucky home, his spokesperson said in a statement Sunday. The 77-year-old McConnell has been treated and released from the hospital and is working from his home in Louisville.

The big picture: The injury comes as a number of Democrats and some Republicans have called upon McConnell to cancel the Senate's August recess so that lawmakers can pass gun control legislation in the aftermath of two deadly mass shootings this weekend. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded on Sunday that Senate Republicans put an end to to their "outrageous obstruction," referencing McConnell's refusal to bring two background check bills passed in the House this year for a vote on the Senate floor.

Twitter unlocks Mitch McConnell's campaign account

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Twitter reinstated Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign account Friday after the profile was suspended earlier this week for posting a profanity-laced video of protesters outside the Kentucky senator's home.

What they're saying: "After multiple appeals from affected users and Leader McConnell’s team confirming their intent to highlight the threats for public discussion, we have reviewed this case more closely," Twitter's communication team explained in thread of tweets Friday.

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