Sixth District GOP Congressman Andy Barr held off a challenge by first time candidate Amy McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot. The three-term U.S. Representative admits divisiveness in politics needs attention.
“We are a people, who rose from the rugged pioneer spirit which built this country. And there is no reason why Kentuckians can't lead a political and spiritual renewal to go along with our nation’s economic revival,” Barr said.
Barr thanked McGrath for stiff competition, saying it made him a better leader and better Congressman. For her part, McGrath promised to remain an active voice in Kentucky.
She built her campaign as an anti-establishment candidate and gained the reputation of running a positive campaign. McGrath and her supporters criticized GOP interests for running attacks ads.
“Unfortunately negative campaigning is still a factor. And it’s unfortunate but I think it has a lot to do with the types of attacks that were run and I don’t know. We’ll take a step back and take a look at it. But I don’t really know," she said.
The 6th Congressional District covers 19 counties and includes the cities Lexington, Frankfort and Richmond.