The Latest: 2 lawmakers who faced allegations are re-elected

November 7, 2018
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Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., right, with his wife Carol and daughters Eleanor and Mary Clay thank his his supporters during his victory celebration in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the general election in Kentucky (all times local):

11:10 p.m.

Democrat Greg Fischer has won a third term as Louisville’s mayor, beating out Councilwoman Angela Leet. Leet had hoped to become the city’s first Republican mayor since 1969.

Fischer campaigned on Louisville’s economic growth, touting $13 billion in investment, 80,000 new jobs and more than $40 million in affordable housing under his leadership. And he promised to build on that if he were re-elected.

Leet, however, painted a darker picture of the city during her campaign. She called out her opponent for the rising number of murders in the city under his watch, along with a crisis of overdose deaths.


11:05 p.m.

A pair of Republican Kentucky lawmakers accused of inappropriate behavior toward women have been re-elected to the state House of Representatives.

State Rep. Michael Meredith signed a secret sexual harassment settlement last year along with three other GOP lawmakers. In April, the Legislative Ethics Commission dismissed ethics charges against him. On Tuesday, he defeated Democrat William “Bill” Fishback by nearly 3,500 votes.

State Rep. Jim Stewart was accused of making unwanted verbal advances to a female courier in 2015, according to a memo from the former chief of staff of the House Republican Caucus. Stewart has denied the allegations. Tuesday, Stewart defeated Democrat Debra Ferguson Payne by more than 7,500 votes.


10:40 p.m.

Former vice mayor Linda Gorton has won the race for Lexington mayor, beating former police chief Ronnie Bastin.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray had endorsed Gorton, saying she understood the budget, had a commitment to the city and would protect farmland from development.

To the surprise of many, Gray announced last year that he would not seek re-election and instead would run for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 6th District. However, he lost the Democratic primary to Amy McGrath.

The mayor’s race was technically nonpartisan. However, Bastin sent out mailers saying he was the only Democrat in the race, and questioned wither Gorton had voted for President Donald Trump. Gorton, a career nurse, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that she had never been involved in partisan politics.


8:50 p.m.

Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr has won a fourth term in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District.

Barr defeated Democrat and former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath on Tuesday. She was considered Barr’s toughest challenger since he arrived in Congress in 2012. President Donald Trump won the central Kentucky district by double digits in 2016.

The district includes Lexington and capital Frankfort, and the seat there has switched parties five times since 1978. Both parties saw this race as close. Barr hosted a rally with President Donald Trump, and McGrath campaigned at a high school gym with former Vice President Joe Biden.

Barr throughout the campaign labeled McGrath as “too liberal” for Kentucky.


8:50 p.m.

Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth has won re-election in Kentucky’s 3rd Congressional District.

The former newspaper publisher defeated two challengers in Tuesday’s election — Republican Vickie Yates Glisson and Libertarian Gregory Boles. Yarmuth was first elected to Congress in 2006 in the Louisville-area district.

Yarmuth has cruised to re-election victories but faced his most serious challenge from Glisson, who formerly served as Kentucky’s top-ranking health official in Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration. During her tenure, Glisson led the state’s effort to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients.

Yarmuth has said he is in line to become House Budget Committee chairman if Democrats take control of a majority of seats in the House.


8:35 p.m.

The Kentucky clerk who went to jail in 2015 for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has lost her bid for a second term.

Republican incumbent Kim Davis was defeated by Democrat Elwood Caudill Jr. in Tuesday’s election for clerk of Rowan County in northeastern Kentucky.

Caudill is well known in the county, having worked for the county Property Valuation Administrator’s Office for 21 years. He lost to Davis by just 23 votes in the 2014 Democratic primary. Davis later switched to the GOP.

Davis went from obscure local official to a national figure when she stopped issuing marriage licenses days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry. The ruling overturned same-sex marriage bans nationwide. Davis cited her religious beliefs for her action, saying she was acting under “God’s authority.”

She was released from jail when her staff issued licenses in her absence.


8 p.m.

Republican U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie has won another term in Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District.

The former Lewis County Judge-executive defeated Democrat Seth Hall on Tuesday in the solidly Republican District in northern Kentucky.

Massie, a deficit hawk who often calls for government spending cuts, was first elected to Congress in 2012. Massie has been critical of Democrats and Republicans for what he considers excessive spending.

The conservative lawmaker has also been at the forefront of efforts to revive industrial hemp production in Kentucky.


7:25 p.m.

Republican U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie has won a seventh term in Kentucky’s 2nd Congressional District.

The former state senator from Bowling Green defeated Democrat Hank Linderman on Tuesday.

Guthrie was first elected in 2008, when Republican U.S. Rep. Ron Lewis chose to retire minutes before the deadline to file for re-election. Guthrie has easily won re-election since then in the southwest Kentucky district.


7:15 p.m.

Republican James Comer has been re-elected to Congress.

The former state agriculture commissioner on Tuesday defeated Democrat and college professor Paul Walker to win his second full term in Kentucky’s 1st Congressional District.

Comer, who comes from a farming family, introduced legislation last year supporting the growing of industrial hemp.

In 2015, Comer was a front-runner for the Republican nomination for governor, but he lost to Matt Bevin by 83 votes. Bevin would go on to win the general election. Comer served a partial term in 2016 after Republican Ed Whitfield left his seat early.


6:35 p.m.

Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers has won a 20th term in Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District.

Rogers easily defeated Democratic challenger Kenneth Stepp on Tuesday. Stepp is an attorney who has run against Rogers before.

Rogers lives in Somerset. He was first elected in 1981 and is the longest-serving Republican ever elected to federal office in Kentucky. He is the former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.


6 p.m.

Polls have closed in eastern Kentucky, as the nation votes in the first midterm elections of Donald Trump’s presidency.

The area includes the 5th and 6th congressional districts. In the 6th, Republican incumbent Andy Barr is trying to fend off a stiff challenge from Democrat and former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath. In the 5th, Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers is seeking a 21st term.

He’s trying to fend off a challenge from Democrat Kenneth Stepp. Stepp is an attorney who has run against Rogers before.


4:30 p.m.

Long lines of voters formed in Kentucky’s second largest city, and election officials called for extra voting machines to be brought in.

Deputy Fayette County Clerk Meredith Watson said the machine vendor, Harp, had some extra machines, which have been deployed. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the city secured 30 extra voting machines by midafternoon Tuesday.

Watson said reports of wait times ranged anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Based on the lines and higher-than-expected number of absentee ballots, County Clerk Don Blevins’ office predicted turnout well above 50 percent.

Fayette County is in the 6th Congressional District, one of the nation’s most hotly contested congressional races with incumbent Republican Rep. Andy Barr facing off with Democrat Amy McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot.


4 p.m.

A couple of problems slowed the start of Election Day in one Kentucky county.

WYMT-TV reports one of the machines at the Knott County Sportsplex polling place was not the correct machine. Knott County Clerk Kenneth Gayheart said the right machine was brought in after about 30 minutes.

Also Tuesday in Knott County, one race was missing from the ballot. The Pippa Passes City Council race was left off at one precinct. Paper ballots were produced for that race.

Gayheart said the problems were taken care of quickly, and the state was notified. He expects results to be on time.

Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office said in a tweet there had been 201 calls to the election violations hotline by midafternoon Tuesday.


11:30 am

A Kentucky official said voter turnout appeared strong in the hours after polling places opened.

Secretary of State spokesman Bradford Queen made the comment Tuesday morning as news outlets reported lines at several precincts.

Jefferson County election officials called early voting “heavy” and Fayette County deputy clerk Meredith Watson said turnout was great and officials there haven’t seen an increase in problems.

The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office said it had received 77 complaints as of mid-morning.

A portion of central Kentucky, including Fayette County, has one of the nation’s most hotly contested congressional races with incumbent Republican Rep. Andy Barr facing off with Democrat Amy McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot.


12:30 am

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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This story has been corrected to say Rogers won a 20th term.

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