By BRUCE SCHREINER, The Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – With an epidemic-changing campaign in its closing days, Republicans are trying to regain their dominance Kentucky While Democrats have struggled in recent years, there are angles to tap into suburban support to enter a state.
After weeks of mail-in balloting and in-person voting, traditional Election Day voting takes place on Tuesday as the Cantukians select their congressional and state legislative lineups.
It is a tough race to win the election between Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Amy McGrath. They filled airplanes with assault advertisements in a mega-spending campaign that placed contrasts between candidates on the Stark display.
McConnell, seeking a seventh term, insisted on his Senate leadership position, which he says is quite important to the Clouters of Kentucky in Washington. McGrath, a border advocate, portrayed him as an obstructionist, more interested in gaining political points than passing legislation.
A hotly contested congressional race between Republican Rep. Andy Barr and Democratic challenger Josh Hicks continued the 6th District’s reputation as a battleground.
At the top of the ticket, Republican President Donald Trump is expected to take on Bluegrass State, the Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Four years ago, Trump’s coatlets influenced the down-ballot race, as a rising GOP won control of the Kentucky House for the first time in nearly a century. How the so-called “Trump Factor” has played with Kentucky after a four-year term will come to light on Tuesday as Republicans seek to maintain an overwhelming majority in the state Senate and House.
Republicans are predicted to show the ballot strong for their candidates.
“We never had a strong top of the ticket to lead our down-ballot race,” said Republican chairman Mac Brown. The GOP is in a strong position to cast Kentucky’s electoral vote for president, re-praising the Senate majority leader. And our congressional delegation and our states increase legislative supermajorities, ”he said.
Democrats have seen opportunities to encroach, particularly in suburban areas, where there is “fatigue” with the GOP, state Democratic President Ben Sw. GOP incumbent.
“Those trends played a key role in our victory in the 2019 governor’s race, and I expect them to be a factor in 2020 as well,” said Sway.
His hopes were further bolstered by the result of a June special election, when Democrats took a state Senate seat long by GPOs in a district that included suburban neighborhoods.
During the final days of campaigning, McConnell tried to fire the Republican base by pointing to his role as conservative judges in the federal bench, declaring Democrats as a “team of radicals” and his in the Senate Held the position of leadership.
“There are four leaders in the Congress,” he said. New York or California. If my opponent was elected, his first vote in the Senate would be to transfer the job of majority leader from Kentucky to New York. This is not going to happen with your help. “
McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot who was trying to get upset, gave him his support for the Affordable Care Act, noting that McConnell spent years trying to destroy it. McGrath tried to put his long Senate career against him in calling for change.
“Our country and Kentucky are much better,” he said. Sen. McConnell is 36 years old. It is quite long. It’s too long. And the problem is that they have lost touch.
Democrats also have high expectations for the 6th District, which stretches from the Bluegrass region to east-central Kentucky, where Hicks presents a populist message as ex-Marines try to oust Barr. The district has been rotating back and forth between Republican and Democratic representation for decades, though Brar is seeking his fifth term.
“If you are tired of a career, the politicians will climb on their own ladder and leave you behind, then the service is on the ballot,” he said. And if you are tired of being mean and lying… then that has infected our political system, then truth, compassion and sympathy are on the ballot. “
Barr said that he gave for his constituents.
“We are really excited about the pace of our campaign,” Barr said, “We continue to receive positive feedback about the results we are getting as Congress from the 6th Congressional District . “
Other Republican congressmen from Kentucky – Hal Rogers, James Comer, Brett Guthrie and Thomas Massey – are overwhelmingly to retain their seats this year, as is the only Democratic incumbent in the state’s congressional delegation – John Yarmuth.
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