Kentucky election results 2012: Andy Barr upsets Democrat Rep. Ben Chandler; Rep. John Yarmuth reelected
Here is a summary of the election results in Kentucky: (View full map)
Mitt Romney was expected to carry the state easily and did so. The Associated Press called the race within minutes of the last polls closing.
Republicans scored an upset in the 6th District, according to the AP, flipping a seat that has belonged since 2004 to a member of one of the state’s most prominent Democratic families.
Rep. Ben Chandler (D) was defeated by Republican lawyer Andy Barr, who sought to portray the incumbent — a “Blue Dog Democrat” who voted against Obama’s health care bill — as an ally of the deeply unpopular president.
Chandler is the grandson of A.B. “Happy” Chandler, the two-time governor of Kentucky who also served as a U.S. Senator and commissioner of Major League Baseball.
In the 3rd District, Rep. John Yarmuth (D) was aided by favorable redistricting on the way to his fourth consecutive victory, according to the AP: Yarmuth defeated Republican financial adviser Brooks Wicker.
The AP has also called the race for the 4th District seat previously occupied by Rep. Geoff Davis (R), who retired this summer.
Republican Thomas Massie, an engineer who founded a tech company before moving home to Kentucky to live on a farm, defeated Democrat William Adkins, a coal miner turned lawyer.
The state’s three Republican incumbents cruised to reelection, according to the AP.
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