All Eyes on Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District

08/01/2018 04:00 PM

By: Eva McKend

A congressional race in Kentucky continues to gain national attention. Will a GOP incumbent with strong local ties be ousted by an anti-establishment Democrat? Congressional correspondent Eva McKend has been tracking the fight for the 6th district.

The race between Amy McGrath and Andy Barr is arguably one of the most interesting Congressional races in the country. Kentucky has not seen this type of well-funded, high profile race in the sixth district in quite some time.

It was a viral video that propelled McGrath to the national stage. WATCH: “Told Me,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcjG2fK7kNk

Many now wonder if the democrat, the first woman Marine to fly an F-18, pull off an upset and oust republican Congressman Barr.

“It’s definitely possible but she has an uphill climb ahead of her,” says Inside Elections analyst Leah Askarinam.

That’s because the sixth district remains culturally and ideologically conservative even though Democrats have been successful in the past.

Barr has represented the district since 2013. Askarinam says expect the Lexington native to run on the strong economy and the Republican backed tax law. The stakes are much higher for him now than they have ever been in the past.

“What we are seeing for the first time is that Andy Barr is going to have to run for reelection while a member of his own party is in the White House,” said Askarinam.

McGrath will continue to campaign on fighting for healthcare for all Kentuckians. Askarinam says if she is successful, expect more military vets to enter the fray, “They are able to argue that they are independent from either political party and that they are continuing their career of public service. This is not a ladder for them to climb to the next office.”

Inside Elections says a Democrat aligned with the McGrath campaign believes the only way she can win this district is to over perform in rural counties.

Inside Elections projects House Democrats will pick up 20 to 30 seats and the 6th district could be one of them. That would put Democrats in the range of the 23 seats necessary to take control over the chamber.

Analysts say it’s too soon to predict a blue wave.

Here is how much money each campaign has raised so far:
McGrath
From May 15, 2017 to June 30, 2018 —
Raised: $3 million
Spent: $2.3 million
Cash on Hand on June 30: $734,000
Source: https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00646745/
Barr
From Jan. 1 2017 – June 30, 2018
Raised: $3.2 million
Spent: $878,000
COH: $2.8 million https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00467571/

6 Comments

Comments

  • Heza Putz wrote on August 02, 2018 11:14 AM :

    Democrats have ZERO chance turning the Senate and if they can’t turn the House then they’ll need to have a huuuuuge Come To Jesus Meeting. Hey, maybe Bill Adkins can sell hats and funnel cakes outside the tents.

  • Actual USMC Combat Veteran wrote on August 02, 2018 01:09 PM :

    Karen Fuller Brannen was the first female Marine F/A-18 pilot, not Amy McGrath. McGrath’s claim is always extremely specific in order to bolster an otherwise very unimpressive flying career. She was the “first female Marine F/A-18 pilot to fly a combat mission in Iraq.” She was also relegated to a professorship at the Naval Academy as a fighter pilot and never earned any flying or combat accolades. If you would bother to ask around the USMC combat flight community you would learn this, and so much more… :)

  • Actual USMC Combat Veteran wrote on August 02, 2018 01:11 PM :

    Karen Fuller Brannen was the first female Marine F/A-18 pilot, not Amy McGrath. McGrath’s claim is always extremely specific in order to bolster an otherwise very unimpressive flying career. She was the “first female Marine F/A-18 pilot to fly a combat mission in Iraq.” She was also relegated to a professorship at the Naval Academy as a fighter pilot and never earned any flying or combat accolades. If you would bother to ask around the USMC combat flight community you would learn this, and so much more… :)

  • Pat Baker wrote on August 03, 2018 06:30 AM :

    Andy Barr has never done a day of service to his country, so he’s got no story to tell. He’s a weak and ineffective member of the weakest Congress in U.S. history.

    Barr follows the failed Paul Ryan like an eager puppy, and bends over and kisses every bad idea that’s concocted by high dollar lobbyists in Washington.

    Barr is spending so much time massaging the backs of big bankers that he’s neglected central Kentucky farmers, our auto industry, and the bourbon distillery employees.

    While all of our intelligence and crime-fighting experts are warning about Russian interference in the 2018 election, Barr’s spends every night at D.C. fundraising affairs, groveling for campaign money from lobbyists.

    Parents in central Ky. want to know: Is Andy supporting “Gym” Jordan for Speaker?

  • MikeTrip wrote on August 04, 2018 09:40 AM :

    VOTE DEMOCRAT-MAKE AMERICA VENEZUELA.

  • Dee W. wrote on August 04, 2018 01:05 PM :

    “Kentucky has not seen this type of well-funded, high profile race in the sixth district in quite some time.”

    2012? 2010? 2008? 2006? 2004? 2002? 2000? 1998? 1996?

    The 6th district has been a perennial battleground.

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