A conservative political scientist and election analyst believes it would be miraculous if a Democrat vying to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) can pull it off.
McConnell made it particularly difficult for McGrath to get out of the starting blocks by posting a blistering campaign ad video “welcoming” her to the race while depicting her as an ultra-left-leaning Democrat in a predominantly red state.
“[McGrath is] more progressive than anyone in the state of Kentucky,” McConnell’s ad video declares, according to RealClearPolitics.
In addition, McConnell tied his Democratic challenger to self-proclaimed socialists Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), as well as to twice-failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Another issue with which McGrath must contend is her notorious flip-flop over supporting or opposing now-United States Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh – changing her mind from supporting to opposing him within just hours.
Despite her rough start in the Senate battle, Democrats are still excited over the candidacy of Amy McGrath, who, in 2018, made an unsuccessful bid to unseat Republican Congressman Andy Barr.
Now, McGrath – who is a former U.S. Marine pilot – is taking on an uphill battle to unseat incumbent McConnell, and Dr. Charles Dunn, who currently serves as Professor Emeritus of Government at Clemson University, agrees that the well-known Republican will be more than a formidable adversary for his underdog Democratic rival.
"For her to win would be miraculous,” Dunn asserted. “He's a voice in national politics. Very few people have a voice that rivals the importance of his voice. So, McConnell is good for Kentucky, and generally speaking, reasonable people in Kentucky would want to retain someone of the magnitude of his influence."
Dunn also pointed out that the Democratic challenger – despite her military record – is far too liberal for Kentucky voters on issues such as abortion and border security.
"If you look at those views, they do not fit the views of the average Kentuckian,” the political scholar insisted. “Senator McConnell – he's hand-and-glove with the views of the typical citizen of Kentucky. Her views are not hand-and-glove with what the average Kentuckian believes."
Dunn believes that McGrath would have a better chance if she was running against someone else with a less daunting track record.