James Kay wins the 56th District House Seat special election

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Democrat James Kay has won a special election to fill a vacancy in the Kentucky House.

His victory Tuesday evening spoils a bid by Republicans to pick up a seat in their quest to win control of the House.

Kay defeated Republican Lyen Crews and independent John-Mark Hack in a big-spending race in central Kentucky that drew attention of statewide political leaders.

Both factors signaled the election's importance heading into the 2014 race.

Kay replaces fellow Democrat Carl Rollins, who took the top job with the state student financial aid agency. The district includes Woodford County and parts of Fayette and Franklin counties.

With Kay's victory, Democrats regain their 55-45 House advantage heading into next year's election, when all 100 seats are up for grabs. Republicans control the state Senate.

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