Kentucky Votes | The latest on election night

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- The Latest on the Election Day in Kentucky (all times local):

9:10 p.m.

Republicans have won a majority in the Kentucky House of Representatives, the last legislative chamber in the South that was still controlled by Democrats.

Democrats held a 53-47 majority heading into Election Day, but Republicans picked up enough seats to give them their first majority since 1920.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo was among the Democratic incumbents to be unseated.

The victory gives Republicans control of every Southern state legislature. Democrats dominated the South for decades, relying on the votes of working-class whites. But that began to change following the civil rights movement.

Kentucky Democrats were able to resist the trend for years because of their strength in the state's mountainous coal region and the large population of union workers. But Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's popularity in Kentucky, particularly in coal communities, was too much for Democrats to overcome.

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8:05 p.m.

One of Kentucky's most powerful Democrats has lost his bid for re-election.

Greg Stumbo, the speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives, lost to Republican Larry Brown in eastern Kentucky. The defeat came as Democrats were fighting to maintain their majority in the state House, the only legislative chamber in the South that Republicans do not control.

Stumbo was first elected to the House in 1980. A lawyer, he was the state attorney general from 2004 to 2007 and the running mate for Bruce Lunsford's campaign for governor in 2007.

Brown, also an attorney, lost to Stumbo in 2008. His campaign focused on reforming the state pension system.

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7:55 p.m.

Republican James Comer has won a seat in Congress one year after narrowly losing a chance to become Kentucky's governor.

The former state agriculture commissioner defeated Democrat Samuel Gaskins in Kentucky's 1st Congressional District on Tuesday. He will replace former U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, who resigned in September after a 22-year career in Washington.

Comer was on the ballot twice on Tuesday, once for a full, two-year term and once to fulfill the remainder of Whitfield's term. As a result, Comer will be sworn into office later this week.

In 2015, Comer was a front-runner for the Republican nomination for governor. But he lost to Matt Bevin by 83 votes. Bevin would go on to defeat Democrat Jack Conway.

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7:50 p.m.

Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr has won a third term in Kentucky's 6th Congressional District.

Barr defeated Democrat Nancy Jo Kemper, further solidifying his hold on a district that was redrawn to favor Democrats following the 2010 U.S. Census. Barr's campaign focused heavily on national security issues and his work to combat heroin addiction in central Kentucky. First elected in 2012, Barr has had to fend off Democratic challenges in each of his campaigns.

Kemper is a United Church of Christ minister and the former director of the Kentucky Council of Churches. She campaigned on raising the minimum wage and supporting the expansion of Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act. She called for Republican Gov. Matt Bevin to be impeached after his comments that there could be bloodshed if Hillary Clinton were elected president.

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7:40 p.m.

Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth has won re-election to another term in Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District.

The former newspaper publisher defeated two challengers in Tuesday's election -- Republican Harold Bratcher and Forefathers Party nominee Everett Corley. Yarmuth was first elected to Congress in 2006 in the Louisville-area district.

Yarmuth has been a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act that he says expanded health insurance coverage to hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians.

He has also been involved in efforts to craft comprehensive legislation to revamp the nation's immigration laws. Yarmuth says he'll continue working for an immigration overhaul that promotes "humane" enforcement, provides a path to citizenship and keeps families together.

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7:10 p.m.

Republican U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie has won another term in Kentucky's 4th Congressional District.

The former Lewis County judge-executive defeated Democrat Calvin Sidle in Tuesday's election in the strongly conservative district spanning much of northern Kentucky.

Massie was first elected to Congress in 2012.

The conservative lawmaker has been at the forefront of efforts to revive industrial hemp production in Kentucky.

Massie also has pushed for legislation calling for a full examination of the Federal Reserve System and how it sets monetary policy.

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7 p.m.

Rand Paul will return to the U.S. Senate following a failed presidential campaign that changed the way Kentuckians vote for the country's highest office.

Paul defeated Lexington Mayor Jim Gray to win a second six-year term on Tuesday. The Republican from Bowling Green was known nationally for his once-favored presidential bid, but could not muster enough support to challenge eventual nominee Donald Trump.

Paul ran for president and re-election at the same time, even donating $250,000 to the state Republican Party to hold a presidential caucus so Paul would avoid a state law banning candidates from appearing on the ballot twice in the same election.

Gray was trying to become Kentucky's first openly gay U.S. senator. He said Paul was more concerned about being president than solving Kentucky's problems

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7 p.m.

Republican Donald Trump has won Kentucky and its eight electoral votes, preserving the state's streak of voting for the GOP nominee.

Trump easily defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in a state that has voted for the Republican nominee every year since 2000. While Bill Clinton won Kentucky twice in the 1990s, Hillary Clinton was hurt by her comments earlier this year that she was going to "put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business." Kentucky is the nation's third largest coal producer.

Trump won despite tepid support from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a former presidential candidate who repeatedly clashed with Trump during the primary debates. Paul later endorsed Trump but often did not discuss him while campaigning for re-election to the Senate.

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7 p.m.

Polling locations in Kentucky have closed as of 6 p.m. local time. Voters still in line before the polls closed will be allowed to cast their ballots.

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5:45 p.m.

The Kentucky attorney general's office says its election fraud hotline has received 155 calls from 46 counties at last count.

The total was as of 3:30 p.m. EST Tuesday, some 3 1/2 hours before polls were to close in the western half of the state. Voters are choosing a U.S. senator, congressmen, president and state legislative races.

The attorney general's office said issues reported to the hotline include poll disruption, general election fraud, electioneering, residency, procedural and legal questions, voter assistance, voting machine, voter identification and election officials.

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12:15 p.m.

No major problems are being reported at polling places in Kentucky.

The Kentucky attorney general's office says its election fraud hotline has gotten 64 calls from 26 counties. A statement from the agency says calls varied from procedural questions to complaints of electioneering within 100 feet of the polls. The number of calls is comparable to those in 2012, when 60 calls had been received in the same amount of time.

Kentucky voters will decide on a number of federal offices when they cast their ballots Tuesday including president, U.S. senator, and U.S. representative. They will also decide several legislative races at the state level.

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10:30 a.m.

Kentucky election officials say voter turnout has been steady since polls opened as people cast ballots for a host of federal and state offices.

Secretary of state spokesman Bradford Queen says there have been reports Tuesday morning of lines at some polling places.

Along with choosing a new president, voters are also choosing between Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and Democrat Jim Gray, who assailed the political establishment Monday during the final day of campaigning. Other races on the ballot include U.S. House and state legislative seats.

Kentucky's top election official has estimated that 60 percent of the state's registered voters will cast ballots. A record 3.3 million people are registered to vote.

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4:45 a.m.

Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates were both bad-mouthing Washington as they toured the state's largest media markets on the eve of the general election.

In Lexington, Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul predicted "a big, big year for conservatives" Monday because he said Kentuckians are "sick and tired of big government."

In Louisville, Democrat challenger Jim Gray said people are "exhausted with the gridlock and dysfunction," and said the only way to change Washington is to "change the people we send up there."

Paul is seeking a second term in the U.S. Senate following his failed presidential campaign last year. Gray, the mayor of Lexington, is hoping to become the state's first openly gay U.S. senator.

Paul appeared with U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, while Gray campaigned with former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear.



 
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