Congressional races: Incumbents coast to reelection

11/04/2014 06:18 PM

9:50 p.m. — All congressional incumbents cruised to victory Tuesday night, posting sizable double-digit wins in races that have been called early.

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, had the closest race, beating Democrat Elisabeth Jensen by 20 points. U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, was the next closest, with a 28-point win over Republican Michael Macfarlane.

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, posted the largest win, besting Democrat Kenneth Stepp by 57 points. U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville, cruised to a 45-point win, with U.S. Reps. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, and Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg, winning by 38 and 35 points, respectively.

7:45 p.m. — The Associated Press has declared U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, the winner over Democrat Elisabeth Jensen, a race that led an otherwise sleepy congressional election season in Kentucky.

Barr held a nearly 12-point lead on Jensen, Head of the Race for Education and an Emerge Kentucky graduate, with seven of the district’s 19 counties reporting.

Republicans hold a 233-199 majority in the chamber, with three open seats nationwide. The outcomes in Kentucky’s slate of elections likely won’t change the makeup of the chamber, as four veterans and two first-term representatives defend their seats.

Of all the races, Barr’s first run for reelection had garnered the most attention. The 6th Congressional District was last held by Democrat Ben Chandler before Barr ousted him in 2012.

In other races, U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, held a 56-point lead on Democrat Kenneth Stepp with four of 30 counties reporting in the 5th Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg, led Democrat Peter Newberry by nearly 32 points in the 4th Congressional District, while U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, led Democrat Ron Leach by 36 points.

Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth is ahead of Republican Michael McFarlane by 24 points.

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