Amy McGrath Is Challenging Mitch McConnell For His Senate Seat — And We're Here For It

Get to know this gutsy woman!

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It seemed as though Mitch McConnell would be sitting in his Senate seat forever — until she showed up to challenge him. But unlike some other political contenders, she comes with legitimate firepower, and she just might have enough to finally oust the Senate Majority Leader. Who is Amy McGrath?

Here's what we know about Amy McGrath. 

1. She's raised more than $2.5 million for her just one day. 

According to Newsweek, even though the average person donated about $36 each, Amy McGrath's campaign raised more than $2.5 million in just one day. And this amount actually broke records as being the most money raised in the first day of a Senate bid. 


"McGrath's campaign [said] on Wednesday that more than $2.5 million was raised in the first 24 hours of her congressional bid with the average donation to the campaign being $36.15. According to Mark Nickolas, McGrath's campaign manager, it was the most money ever raised in the first day of a Senate bid," they wrote.

Amy McGrath has every intention to unseat Mitch McConnell. 


2. Amy McGrath was the first female pilot to fly the F/A 18 on a combat mission. 

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Amy McGrath was named to the Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame after she became the first female military pilot to fly the F/A 18 plane on a combat mission. 

"By 2005, now-Captain McGrath had become a pilot and was on a second tour of duty over Afghanistan. She became the first woman to fly the F/A-18 in combat for the U.S. Marine Corps. Lt. Col. McGrath went on to a posting at the Pentagon, earned a graduate degree in international security, and is currently a member of the faculty at Annapolis," they reported.

Amy McGrath is someone who really brings the firepower!


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3. Donald Trump doesn't exactly like her. 

In what should come as a surprise to no one, shortly after Amy McGrath announced her intent to challenge Mitch McConnell for his Senate seat, Donald Trump took to his Twitter account to huff about how she was a "freshman senator" with "little power." He also cried that McGrath "compared his election to September 11th," and encouraged his followers to vote for Mitch McConnell to "keep America great." 

Donald Trump doesn't like Amy McGrath. 


4. But Mitch McConnell is reportedly "worried" about Amy McGrath ... because he knows she can win. 

According to Mediaite, former Senator Claire McCaskill said that even though Mitch McConnell claims he's unbothered about Amy McGrath, the reality is, he and his team are very worried about her announcement, because they know she has a strong chance of winning. 

"McCaskill responded by frankly stating, “Yeah, I got to tell you, they are really worried. They may act like they’re not.” She then added that “because there’s a real outsider, insider, dynamic here, and that’s a powerful dynamic in today’s Politics. I don’t care if you’re a Democrat or a Republican if you’re of Washington, you got to be worried if a marine fighter pilot is coming after you because that just signals outsider. This is not someone who’s of Washington," they reported.

We will certainly keep you apprised of Amy McGrath's bid for Mitch McConnell's Senate seat!


Mitch McConnell is reportedly very worried about Amy McGrath. 

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