Rep. Andy Barr (R-Lexington) was one of the few Republican challengers to win in 2012, on the same night that President Obama was re-elected. It appears he will face his toughest re-election campaign this year, however. Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, who lost to Sen. Rand Paul (R) 57-43% in 2016, officially filed to challenge Rep. Barr. Interestingly, the Democrats already had a promising candidate in retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Amy McGrath. The latter candidate shows no desire to yield to Mr. Gray, so we will see an expensive May 22nd Democratic primary before the eventual winner can begin to oppose Rep. Barr.
Mr. Gray is independently wealthy and raised over $6 million for his race against Sen. Paul, so he will easily have the resources he needs to run a strong campaign. But, Ms. McGrath is showing fundraising prowess, as well. At the end of September she already held more than $550,000 in her campaign account.
President Trump carried KY-6 with a 55-39% margin, and Rep. Barr has averaged 60.5% in his two re-election campaigns.
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