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Booker rallies in front of hundreds

Posted at 11:43 PM, Jun 23, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — Charles Booker and hundreds of supporters celebrated the end of Election Day with a party in Louisville.

The Democratic state representative greeted the crowd just after 8:30 on Election Night.

Amy McGrath may have been labeled the front runner early on, and she did have the advantage in fundraising, but Booker is looking to carry momentum into a surprise victory.

Earlier in the evening as polls closed, Booker's campaign filed an injunctionto keep the doors at Louisville's only voting location open. The effort succeeded in reopening the doors, but did not keep the polls open as late as they hoped.

Booker's campaign says they capped tickets distributed at 840. Supporters arrived early and stayed late.

The reason for this late primary is of course the pandemic. But the issues on the minds of many were social justice, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the name, Breonna Taylor.

Booker recalled the start of the protests and movement when he spoke on stage at Christy's Garden.

"We spoke out. And we came together. And you know what? It wasn't just Black people. Look around this crowd. People from all walks of life, from all corners of the Commonwealth, stood up to say you know what, we're in this thing together. You hurt one of us, you hurt all of us because we're all family," said Booker. "Nobody is gonna stop us from getting the future we deserve. This is it, y'all. This is it."

He wrapped up his speech just before 10:00 and went home to be with his family.

The campaign for the Democratic nomination to challenge Mitch McConnell is over. Now, the wait for results continues.