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Democrats trying to unseat Republican Congressman Andy Barr all embraced progressive policies like expanding health care, gun control and legalizing some form of marijuana use during a debate that aired live on KET Monday night, but they all distanced themselves from the party’s national leaders.

National Democrats see Kentucky’s 6th congressional district as one that might flip in their favor this November, hoping for a “blue wave” in reaction to President Trump and conservative policies advanced in the Republican-controlled Congress.

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Kentucky state Sen. Reggie Thomas says he is running for the U.S. House.

Thomas, a Democrat, made the announcement Saturday at the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington. A lawyer and professor at Kentucky State University, Thomas was elected to the Kentucky state Senate in 2013.

He is challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr for the 6th District congressional seat.