By RONNIE ELLIS
It took two tries, but Republican Andy Barr rode discontent with Democratic President Barack Obama and his administration’s environmental policies to a win over incumbent Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler in Kentucky’s 6th District.
Barr got 153,348 votes or 51 percent of the vote while Chandler got 141,496 or 47 percent. Independent Randolph Vance got about 3 percent of the vote. As of press time, Barr had won every county in the district except Fayette County and maybe Chandler’s home county of Woodford. The vote total there was too close to call a winner.
Barr’s big victory means only one Democrat, John Yarmuth of Louisville’s 3rd District, remains in Kentucky’s congressional delegation.
Two years ago, Barr used pretty much the same themes during an election in which Republicans fared well nationally, sweeping to control of the U.S. House of Representatives. But Barr lost by 648 votes.
This time was different. It was supposed to be different for Chandler after the district was re-drawn to include more Democrats and more importantly for Barr, removing reliably Republican precincts in Jessamine, Garrard and Lincoln counties.”
In his victory speech, Barr said when he lost two years ago, he said the people had spoken but he wasn’t sure then exactly what their message was.
“This time the people have spoken and it’s clear what they said,” said an excited, emotional Barr.
He said his cause was greater than his own election, it is “a cause to save our country from bankruptcy and to restore the American dream.”
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