FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The coal industry is putting money on Republican congressional candidate Andy Barr in central Kentucky's 6th District, even though most of the state's coal mines are miles away in the more mountainous Appalachian region.
Coal executives and their political action committees have contributed at least $40,000 to Barr in his race against Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler who now represents the district best known for its horse farms and bourbon distilleries.
Coal issues matter in Lexington, the 6th District's largest city, which is home to a sizeable bloc of Appalachian transplants as well as offices for the Kentucky Coal Association and several major mining companies.
The city is also home to environmentally concerned voters who bitterly oppose the effects of mining on water quality and the Appalachian landscape.
Election Day is Nov. 6.