Republican Andy Barr Defeats Democrat Amy McGrath in Close Kentucky House Race

Barr 2012 Republican Andy Barr and his wife, Carol, left, address supporters Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington, Ky., to claim Kentucky's 6th Congressional District win from the incumbent, U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, a Democrat.
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Republican incumbent Kentucky Rep. Andy Barr defeated his Democrat challenger Amy McGrath Tuesday night in a close race for his House seat.

The fight for Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District was extraordinarily close at times, at one point showing McGrath ahead by 20 votes. However, Barr was able to pull ahead as more votes started coming in.

The race was rated as a “toss up” by RealClearPolitics, and was seen as a “bellwether” for a suburban revolt against Republicans.

President Trump campaigned for Barr last month, as he barnstormed across the country to rally Republican voters.

The race is also significant since McGrath, a retired Marine pilot, was one of the high-profile veterans Democrats were running in the midterms.


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