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Candidates for Senate campaigning before Election Day

Posted at 8:30 PM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-21 00:47:24-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — As Primary Day approaches, Democratic candidates for the US Senate are making their final push.

Charles Booker and Amy McGrath were both on the campaign trail on Saturday.

Booker stopped in three cities today, including a stop in downtown Lexington.

Booker says he wanted to end the night at Cheapside Park in honor of Juneteenth. Cheapside is of significance because of its history as a former slave trading site.

"It reminds us of the work we have yet to do I share that I have had ancestors enslaved in Kentucky and lynched in Kentucky and I understand the work is not done, Freedom and true liberty and opportunity for all Kentuckians is not yet done," said Booker.

During his rally, Booker said he wants Cheapside Park to be renamed.

On Friday, McGrath went to Somerset as part of a Juneteeth commemoration.

McGrath joined the local mayor, sheriff and police chief for the show of unity.

The crowd held a moment of silence, with many of them choosing to kneel, for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to honor the memory of George Floyd, Louisville's Breonna Taylor, and other victims of police violence.

McGrath tweeted that she's proud of the youngsters who organized the event.

On Saturday, she was making stops across western Kentucky, including one in Cadiz.

Another US Senate candidate, Democrat Mike Broihier, was also out on Juneteenth. He was attending events around Louisville including a march at Jefferson Square Park, the site of many Black Lives Matter protests.

Broihier is currently tracking third in most polling.