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Republican Andy Barr wins reelection to U.S. House in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District

Published: Nov. 3, 2020 at 9:09 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP/WKYT) - Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr has won reelection to a fifth term in a central Kentucky congressional district.

Barr defeated Democratic challenger Josh Hicks in a district that for decades has swung between Republicans and Democrats.

Barr had been a target of national Democrats and held off another hard-charging challenge to keep the seat in the GOP column.

The 6th District stretches from Kentucky’s bluegrass region to the Appalachian foothills and includes the state’s second-largest city, Lexington.

Barr has been a loyal supporter of President Donald Trump.

Hicks did not speak, but released the following statement on the election results:

“Over the past year and a half, I have been privileged to be a part of a movement that was about so much more than just me, or just my ideas. This has been a campaign of, and by, and for regular folks, and I am humbled to have been a part of it. I am deeply grateful to everyone who helped us build this campaign. Whether you spent your free time making phone calls, or gave a few of your hard-earned dollars, your belief and energy sustained me. Tonight, I congratulate Congressman Barr on his victory in this election, and I thank the thousands of volunteers and supporters I’ve met across the Sixth District during our campaign.”

Barr is right around 58 percent of the vote. That is well ahead of his 2018 numbers. But even still, the reality is the government he’ll work in will likely be divided. After Barr walked off the stage from his acceptance speech, WKYT’s Garrett Wymer spoke with him one-on-one via Zoom. They talked about the political climate and how we can come together as a district, commonwealth and country.

“What I would just say to all of them, whether they agree with me or disagree with me on a particular issue, we’re going to continue to listen to you, we’re going to be accessible to you and responsive, and when we do disagree I owe you a respectful explanation as to why I vote the way I do, and I want to continue the dialogue. I think that’s the best we can do in this country, and try to be as respectful as we can to each other, and mend the problems we have and try to bring the country together through civility,” Barr said.

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