U.S. House primaries: Jensen to face Barr in 6th District; Rematches elsewhere

05/20/2014 07:38 PM

*UPDATED 11:49 p.m. * — Democrat Elisabeth Jensen defeated Geoff Young to move on to face freshman Republican Congressman Andy Barr of Lexington in the November election.

Jensen was one of the few Democratic candidates in Kentucky to not only openly embrace the Affordable Care Act but to run on it, airing radio ads touting the increased access to health care.

Jensen, who founded an education advocacy organization, held steady throughout the night and won with 61 percent compared to 39 percent for Young. Barr was unopposed in the GOP primary,

3rd Congressional District

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisille, easily won the Democratic nomination as expected with more than 85 percent of the vote. Yarmuth will face , Michael Macfarlane, a Louisville doctor, in the general election.

Stepp vs. Rogers in 5th District

Kenneth Stepp again won the Democratic primary in the 5th Congressional District, held by Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers. Stepp has lost to Rogers before.

Stepp defeated Billy Ray Wilson 59 percent to 41 percent Tuesday night.

Hatchett to face Whitfield again

It’s a rematch of the 2012 race in western Kentucky that Republican U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville, easily won in 2012.

Charles Hatchett, the 2012 Democratic nominee from Benton, defeated Wesley Bolin, a Murray State University student, 55.5 percent to 45.5 percent.

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