The Daviess County region will be one of the most closely watched Tuesday in Kentucky, as Republicans hope to win control of the state House for the first time in 91 years.
Democrat John Arnold has represented the 7th House District that covers Union and parts of Daviess and Henderson counties, since 1995. Arnold isn’t used to competition in November—in fact, he hasn’t had a general election opponent since 2004. But he’s got an opponent now in the form of Republican lawyer Tim Kline, who has the backing of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
It’s a seat the GOP will likely have to flip if they have any chance of taking control of the Kentucky House Tuesday night.
Also up for grabs is the 13th House District in Owensboro, held by Democrat Jim Glenn since 2007. Glenn’s opponent isn’t a Republican, but instead Independent candidate Bill Barron, a commercial real estate developer who says he’ll caucus with Republicans if he wins.
Democratic voters outnumber Republicans 2-1 in the district, but Owensboro has been moving to the right, electing a Republican state Senator and several county officers in recent years.
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