LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Democrat hasn’t represented Kentucky in the Senate since the 90s. That's a narrative Charles Booker wants to change.

“We’re wanting to make a statement that’s clear: Kentucky is flippable, and we are going to win this race,” he said. “And national folks are taking note.”

What You Need To Know

  • Charles Booker is the Democratic nominee for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race

  • Booker is facing off against incumbent Sen. Rand Paul

  • On Tuesday, Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison campaigned with Booker

Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison visited Louisville on Tuesday with Booker and Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Colmon Elridge.

“The people of Kentucky understand that for years, they have not had the representation they deserve in Washington,” Elridge said. “And we are committed to changing that.”

The trio spoke with union leaders, held a public rally and courted potential donors.

Elridge said having the DNC chair here also means he gets to lobby for more resources from the national party.

“We will never get everything that we want, but I believe the chairman being here is a positive sign of the seriousness in which they take this race, and I believe the seriousness in which they take the Kentucky Democratic Party,” Elridge said.

Booker said the meeting is another step towards convincing voters that his campaign is worth paying attention to.

“So many people have given up on the idea that things can change, and I don’t blame them,” Booker said. “A lot of folks feel alone, and taking this stand on my own as a regular person saying that I believe in Kentucky, I love this place, and I know we can change things.”

Booker is running against incumbent Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has served in the U.S. Senate since 2011.