Booker files for Senate seat held by Mitch McConnell

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Charles Booker

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky state Representative Charles Booker has officially filed to enter the Democratic primary for the seat held by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Booker is a freshman state lawmaker.

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He joins a crowded field of Democrats competing to challenge McConnell, a key ally of President Donald Trump.

McConnell is seeking a seventh term this year.

Booker said Wednesday he’s ready to take on the establishment in both political parties.

Amy McGrath, a retired Marine combat pilot, has raised nearly $17 million and is widely seen as the frontunner for the Democratic nomination.