Andy Barr concedes and says it's too early to discuss his political future; Ben Chandler avoids talk of 2012 matchups

11/12/2010 04:16 PM

(UDATED WITH VIDEO 7:34 p.m.) LEXINGTON — Andy Barr, who came less than 650 votes of unseating Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, officially conceded defeat Friday afternoon after a recanvass showed only a one-vote change.

Barr, a Lexington lawyer, said he may have lost the election but that his conservative message of cutting government and federal spending ultimately won out.

As for his next move — Barr wouldn’t give any hints about whether he would run for statewide office in the 2011 elections, perhaps for attorney general, or try again in 2012 to knock of Chandler.

“Today is not the day to talk about my political future,” he told reporters at a press conference at the Fayette County Republican Party headquarters.

Chandler, who has won his fourth full two-year term to Congress, called a media availability after Barr was done just a couple miles away at his Reynolds Road campaign headquarters.

“I am very grateful to the people of Central Kentucky” for sending me back to Washington, he said.

Chandler, when asked if he felt he would get more challenges in 2012 due to the closeness of his 2010 race, said he couldn’t give a good answer this early.

Chandler, however, said it was too early to weigh in on who he’d support as minority leader. Despite the 60-seats Democrats lost last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced her intent to run for that position.

- reporting by Kenny Colston


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