Barr Defeats Chandler In Kentucky's 6th District

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Republican Andy Barr has upset Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, who was unable to overcome a burdensome drag from the top of the ballot.

Barr made the 6th District race about President Barack Obama, an unpopular political figure in Kentucky, painting Chandler as his surrogate.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Barr had 151,136 votes or 51 percent, to 139,907 votes for Chandler or 47 percent. Independent candidate Randolph Vance had 8,218 votes or 3 percent.

Chandler ran with what one political scientist described as an "Obama albatross" around his neck. Obama yielded the state to GOP nominee Mitt Romney after a poor showing in the Democratic primary. Some 42 percent of Kentucky Democrats marked their ballots "uncommitted" even though Obama was the only name on the ballot.

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