(AP/LEX 18) — Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr has easily won the GOP nomination in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District ahead of what’s likely to be an intense re-election campaign in November.
Barr defeated businessman Chuck Eddy on Tuesday. He will face former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath in November. McGrath beat Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and state Sen. Reggie Thomas.
Democrats are targeting Barr’s seat as they try to win a majority in the House of Representatives. The district has flip-flopped between the two major political parties since the 1970s. Barr was first elected in 2012, when he ousted Democratic incumbent Ben Chandler.
In the House, Barr is chairman of the Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee.
"The people of the 6th District will re-elect Congressman Andy Barr in November because he is the trusted choice to get results that matter in the daily lives of Kentuckians," Barr communications director Jodi Whitaker said in a statement.