Kentucky Republicans had their sights set on winning control of the state House for the first time in 91 years. To do so, they needed to knock off several Democratic incumbents in our listening area. The following Democrats held on to their seats Tuesday evening:
The Courier-Journal and NPR have both called Kentucky's 6th U.S. House race for Republican Andy Barr. That's a GOP pickup, meaning five of the state's six House seats are held by Republicans. Barr lost to Chandler by less than 700 votes two years ago, but he has now defeated the Democratic moderate and son of a former Kentucky Governor.
Republicans in the U.S. Senate are just as anxious to know the outcome of their races as they are for the White House. A Senate takeover is highly important to conservatives who want to repeal the federal health care law.
Kentucky Republicans haven’t tried to keep secret the fact they want to win control of the state House for the first time since the early 1920’s. To do so, the GOP needs a net gain of ten House seats. Here's a quick look at some of the races in our region that could decide which party controls the Kentucky House come January: