Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won a seventh term on Tuesday, turning back a challenge from Democrat Amy McGrath, according to a projection announced by Fox News.
McConnell, a six-term Republican, has been the Senate majority leader since the GOP took control of the upper chamber of Congress in 2015.
His victory came just weeks after he shepherded President Trump’s nomination of appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and strengthen the high court’s conservative majority, 6-3.
On his official government website, McConnell touts his reputation as “the most conservative leader of either party in the history of the Senate.”
He also takes pride in calling himself the “Grim Reaper” for his ability to kill liberal legislation put forward by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
During the campaign, McConnell said his powerful post allowed him to deliver federal funds and craft policies that benefit the Bluegrass State.
McGrath, a former US Marine Corps fighter pilot who was the first woman to fly an F/A-18 in combat, portrayed Kentucky’s longest-serving senator as a Washington insider of the sort Trump regularly rails against.
“You can’t drain the swamp until you get rid of the guy who built it, and that’s Mitch McConnell,” McGrath told ABC News last week.
The two also sparred over the stalled coronavirus relief bill, with McGrath, who lost a 2018 bid for the House of Representatives, faulting McConnell for not taking up the “Heroes Act” proposed by the House.
McConnell blamed Democrats and noted his role in passing the $2 trillion CARES Act, which he said delivered more than $13 billion to Kentucky.
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