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Booker takes historic victory lap in U.S. Senate race, warns voters democracy is 'hanging on by a thread'

Charles Booker for US Senate

Former Kentucky House Rep. Charles Booker became the first Black Democratic candidate to be nominated for statewide election in Kentucky history Tuesday night. But the candidate faces a much steeper climb in November.

"If anybody tells you that ceilings can't break, tell them to look at Kentucky."
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Charles Booker

The historic nature of his nomination wasn’t lost on Booker, who noted that his ancestors were once enslaved and lynched in Kentucky. Now he will be taking on a race against a high-profile Republican in Rand Paul – an opponent Booker took to task in fiery fashion.

"I need you to know he is cutting that thread that democracy is hanging on right now," Booker said of Paul.

Meanwhile, the sitting senator opted for a low key approach to the evening, only releasing a 30-second message on Twitter, thanking Kentuckians for their vote.

"Kentucky and all of America deserve better than the massive spending, runaway debt, and crippling inflation that Biden, Pelosi, and Schumer are giving us. I'm working every day to fight back."
Sen. Rand Paul

Both Booker and Paul cruised to victory over their lesser-known challengers – with 71% and 87% of the vote in their respective races.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.