Barr, McGrath deadlocked in poll as campaigns make final stops

Published: Nov. 5, 2018 at 5:25 PM EST
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Republican incumbent Rep. Andy Barr and Democratic challenger Rt. Lt. Col. Amy McGrath are making their final pitches to voters ahead of Tuesday's election in Kentucky's Sixth Congressional District.

Donald Trump, Jr. would campaign with Barr, as the President's son was another high-profile name to visit the district in hopes of supporting the vulnerable incumbent. President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R - Wis., and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R - La., also came in recent weeks.

Trump, Jr. would discuss talking points commonly said by his father, including unemployment numbers, as Rep. Barr says his ties to the White House should appeal to voters.

“What it underscores I think for all my constituents is whether you voted for the President or not, is that I have the ability to have influence with this administration with this executive branch," Barr said.

Amy McGrath has openly said she is not a fan of the President, including in her political ads. She said Trump, Jr.'s visit was not of concern to her.

“It is what Congressman Barr does, he brings in the establishment," McGrath said, "We are out here talking to voters because that is way more important.”

McGrath spent part of Monday in Anderson County meeting with supporters while saying she would vote for what was best for the country regardless of party lines. She would later appear in downtown Lexington and Georgetown, meeting with supporters and volunteers going out to knock on doors.

"Our country needs better leaders," McGrath said. "Leadership starts by example. How I've run this campaign, that's the kind of leader I want to be in Congress, too."

Barr spent his evening talking with supporters in Richmond and Lexington, telling them the stakes are high in this election.

"We're solving problems, we're getting results, and the last thing we need is dysfunction over the next two years, which is unfortunately what my opponent represents," Barr said.

Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Tuesday.