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Close congressional race headlines Kentucky elections

November 6, 2018
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FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2018 photo, Democratic congressional candidate Amy McGrath speaks during a campaign event in Owingsville, Ky. Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr's battle with McGrath in one of the nation's most closely watched congressional races highlights a slate of important elections Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Kentucky, where Trump won by 30 percentage points two years ago. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A tight Kentucky congressional race in a district President Donald Trump won by double digits could be an early indicator whether the U.S. House will shift to Democratic control in the midterm elections.

Newcomer Amy McGrath’s challenge of Republican incumbent Andy Barr could show the Democrats’ strength in areas that supported Trump two years ago. McGrath, a retired fighter pilot, has given Barr his toughest test yet as he seeks a fourth term. Barr urged voters to re-elect him for his “access and influence with this administration.”

Meanwhile, teachers upset over GOP lawmakers’ handling of their pensions are running in dozens of legislative races across Kentucky. Mayor’s races in Lexington and Louisville are also on the ballot Tuesday, along with Kim Davis’ bid to remain the clerk of Rowan County.

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