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Trump, McConnell, Barr prevail, as Kentucky is the first state to be called for the President


U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cruised over challenger Amy McGrath to claim his seventh term early Tuesday.


McConnell, 78, drew huge support from President Donald Trump in Kentucky, which was the first state called for the president.

President Trump got 62% of votes — 116,902 — to Joe Biden’s 36% — 680,425 — in Kentucky. (87% reported)

McConnell speaks to supporters (Photo by Robin Cornetet, Kentucky today)

The vote in Fayette County and Jefferson County went to Biden:

Fayette County (84% reporting):
Biden 79,788
Trump 48,577

Jefferson County (94% reporting)
Biden 216,866
Trump 145,580

But Trump won the vote in the remaining Kentucky counties.

See: KET – Election 2020 results here

McConnell’s role as majority leader is far from settled as all votes around the country are not yet fully counted. The Democrats needed to gain four Senate seats to take the majority.

Amy McGrath, a Northern Kentucky native, was one of McConnell’s toughest challengers since he was elected to the Senate in 1984. She out-raised and out-spent him — $88 million vs. $73 million raised and $73 million vs. $44 million spent — but couldn’t bring home the win against the six-term Senator and Majority Leader.

“We are keeping a front row seat in the Senate,” McConnell said during his victory speech, telling supporters the next president must unite the country.

“We don’t yet know which presidential candidate will begin a new term in January,” he said. “We don’t know which party will control the Senate. But some things are certain already. We know grave challenges will remain before us, challenges that could not care less about our political polarization.”

In the 6th District congressional race, Republican Andy Barr got 202,999 votes vs. Democrat Josh Hicks’ 143,869 votes with 90% reporting to win his fifth term to the House.

In the wake of his loss, Jack Hicks issued the following statement:

“Over the past year and a half, I have been privileged to be a part of a movement that was about so much more than just me, or just my ideas. This has been a campaign of, and by, and for regular folks, and I am humbled to have been a part of it. I am deeply grateful to everyone who helped us build this campaign. Whether you spent your free time making phone calls, or gave a few of your hard-earned dollars, your belief and energy sustained me. Tonight, I congratulate Congressman Barr on his victory in this election, and I thank the thousands of volunteers and supporters I’ve met across the Sixth District during our campaign.”

In the 3rd District congressional race, Democrat incumbent John Yarmuth prevailed over Republican opponent Rhonda Palazzo 218,708-132,686 with 91% reporting. He has served in the House since 2007.

From Kentucky Today and staff reports


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