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KENTUCKY: AMY MCGRATH (D) VS. SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R)

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Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who has faced criticism for his handling of President Trump's impeachment, is the most unpopular senator among voters in his state, with a 50% disapproval rating and 37% approval rating, according to approval ratings from Morning Consult. The poll numbers could mean the Senate Majority Leader may finally face a serious challenge for his seat, which will be contended in November. He faces a stronger Democratic challenger than in previous elections, as well as primary opponents. 

There are multiple reasons why McConnell may not be well-liked by Kentucky voters. He has supported the ongoing trade war with China, which has hurt Kentucky’s logging industry. He has also been called “Moscow Mitch” due to blocking legislation that would protect U.S. election security. McConnell is also among the most prominent figures in Congress, which had a disapproval rating of 78% in June and has a 68% disapproval rating in December, according to Gallup.