Charles Booker, Cheri Beasley Secure History-Making Wins At The Primaries


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US Senate candidates Charles Booker of Kentucky and Cheri Beasley of North Carolina both made history on Tuesday (May 17), winning the Democratic nominations in their respective states' primary elections and becoming the first African Americans to do so.

Both nominees will now head to the midterm election in November where they'll each face off against Republican nominees in fierce contests.

Booker glided to victory in Kentucky, earning more than 70% of the vote. The former Kentucky state representative is set to face US Sen. Rand Paul in the highly-anticipated midterm election later this year. Booker previously ran for the seat but fell short of earning the nomination in 2020. He's now one step closer in his journey to unseat Kentucky's long-time Senator Mitch McConnell.

In North Carolina, Cheri Beasley –– who is no stranger to making history, having served as the first Black Chief Justice of the state's Supreme Court –– emerged victorious on a crowded ballot to win the Democratic nomination.

If Beasley successfully beats the Trump-backed Republican candidate, Rep. Ted Budd, she will become the very first Black senator to represent the state of North Carolina. Additionally, she will fill a void left after Vice President Kamala Harris left the Senate, leaving no other Black women in the chamber.

Primary election results across the nation are still rolling in as of Wednesday morning (May 18). Find updated polls and results HERE.

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