Though his political intentions remained unclear for several months, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray (D) yesterday announced that he will challenge three-term Rep. Andy Barr (R-Lexington). Three other Democrats are already in the primary campaign, including state Sen. Reggie Thomas (D-Lexington) and Iraq/Afghanistan War veteran Amy McGrath, a retired Marine Lt. Colonel. Mr. Gray challenged Sen. Rand Paul (R) in the 2016 Senate race and lost, 43-57%. Rep. Barr unseated then-Rep. Ben Chandler (D) in 2012, by a 51-47% margin. He then averaged 60.5% in his two re-election bids.
Though this electorate has voted 55 and 56% for the Republican nominee in the last two presidential elections, chronologically, the district can be competitive. Rep. Barr begins as the favorite for re-election, but the KY-6 campaign will be one to watch next year.
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