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Kentucky state Rep. Charles Booker announces US Senate run

January 5, 2020 GMT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky state Rep. Charles Booker has joined a crowded field challenging U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in this year’s election.

The Louisville Democrat announced Sunday he will run for the seat held by McConnell. The 35-year-old Booker is in his first term. He supports ideas including the Green New Deal and Medicare for All.

In a video posted on social media, Booker said, “I’m not the alternative to Mitch McConnell. We are. ... Kentucky needs a movement, and we need to start talking about our dreams again.”

McConnell is seeking a seventh term. The longtime Republican lawmaker has aligned himself closely with President Donald Trump.

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Booker joins six other Democrats in the primary, including retired combat pilot Amy McGrath. Five Republicans have filed to challenge McConnell.