Republican Rep. Andy Barr defeated Democratic candidate Amy McGrath in Tuesday’s midterm elections, keeping his seat in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District.
Barr narrowly edged out McGrath in a tossup race that was widely considered a national bellwether.
“Congratulations to Andy Barr on his reelection victory tonight,” National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswoman Maddie Anderson said in a statement. “He ran one of the smartest campaigns in the country by defining his opponent early, and it paid off. Kentuckians rejected Amy McGrath’s radical agenda in favor of a strong economy and lower taxes.”
Barr’s campaign received a late boost from President Donald Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., who campaigned for the Republican candidate in the closing days of the election.
McGrath became a national star for progressives after releasing a viral campaign ad that touted her experience as a former Marine fighter pilot. (RELATED: Liberal PAC Targeting #MeToo-Accused Politicians Only Targets Republicans, Gives Prominent Democrats A Pass)
McGrath later sparked controversy in June after comparing Trump’s election to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The Democratic candidate enjoyed a considerable fundraising advantage over Barr during the campaign, which was the most expensive in the district’s history.
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