Election fortifies GOP hold on federal delegation

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's predominately Democratic voters have helped to elect two more congressmen from the ranks of the GOP.

Republican Andy Barr scored Kentucky's biggest election upset Tuesday by defeating Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler in the 6th District. Barr had made the race about President Barack Obama, who lost to Republican Mitt Romney in the state. And Republican Thomas Massie beat Democrat Bill Adkins to replace retired U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis in the 4th District.

Those victories gave the GOP, which already has both of Kentucky's U.S. Senate seats, five of the state's six seats in the House.

Republican U.S. Reps. Hal Rogers, Ed Whitfield and Brett Guthrie also won re-election Tuesday.

Beginning in January, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth will be the only Democrat representing Kentucky, a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 1.6 million to 1.1 million.

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