LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Republican incumbent Andy Barr will remain Kentucky’s sixth district representative after defeating Democratic opponent Amy McGrath in the closest race Barr has had in his years in Congress.
According to the State Board of Elections, voter turnout for the state was 47% which beat Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes prediction of 46%.
They also reported that the voter turnout in Fayette County was 52%.
Barr narrowly won after running a campaign much like his previous ones.
According to University of Kentucky political science professor and ABC 36 Political Correspondent Dr. Stephen Voss, Barr ran a very conventional campaign.
” Andy Barr won, but very narrowly,” said Dr. Voss.” He shouldn’t have have had an election that close.” It’s not really Barr’s fault, the problem is it’s a midterm year with a President very high on popularity in terms of voters across the country.” Democrats felt very motivated to turnout to send him a message.”
It was a message of opposition that ended up flipping the U.S. House making the Democratic Party more prevalent in the 2018 midterm election.
The two campaigns differentiated but drew a similar number of votes with Barr winning by three points 51 to 48 and just 9,738 votes.
ABC 36 Political Correspondent Dr. Stephen Voss says frustration is inevitable for Congressman Barr with Democrats taking the majority of the house.
” There’s a big difference in the house between being in the majority and being in the minority,” said Dr. Voss. ” You lose a lot of power.” In the Senate, things aren’t quite the same, Senators in the minority party have a decent amount of influence, especially if they team up and use the filibuster to block bills.”