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A week prior to Kentucky's June 23 primary Election Day, one of Washington, D.C.'s top Democrats expressed confidence that Amy McGrath will be the party's nominee to challenge U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November.

When asked if he was worried about McGrath losing the primary, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said during a Tuesday press briefing that "Amy McGrath is our candidate, she's a strong candidate."

McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot, is "doing very well, and I believe that she’ll win her primary, and I believe that she’ll give McConnell a run for his money," the New York senator said.

Schumer's comments come as one of McGrath's primary challengers, state Rep. Charles Booker, has picked up a series of endorsements.

Last week, reportedly recruited by Schumer, has been the long-standing front-runner in the race. Since entering the race, she had raised a total of $41.1 million by June 3 — which is far more than the $792,600 by Booker and the $494,200 of Democratic candidate Mike Broihier, a former Marine, farmer and teacher.

From April 1 to June 3 , Federal Election Commission filings show McGrath generated $11.3 million during the two-month period. Booker and Broihier brought in $476,000 and $260,000, respectively, during that time period.

But Booker, who has surged in popularity recently amid statewide protests over police brutality, is riding a wave of momentum. On June 12, he wrote in a tweet that his campaign had raised raised $934,937 since June 4.

"Our people powered movement is stronger than ever," Booker said.

And Broihier, who just picked up the endorsement of famed Kentucky novelist, farmer and environmental activist Wendell Berry on Monday, said Schumer's comments cast doubt on McGrath's prospects.

"Even Chuck Schumer knows she can't win," Broihier wrote in a tweet Wednesday morning. "We're the only campaign that can actually beat Mitch McConnell."

Booker had previously blasted Democrats from outside Kentucky for getting involved in the primary. In February, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which supports Senate incumbents and candidates nationwide, announced it was backing McGrath as the best choice to defeat McConnell in 2020.

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