Strong early voter turnout in Kentucky

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Latest on the general election in Kentucky (all times local):

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A Kentucky official said voter turnout appeared strong in the hours after polling places opened.

Secretary of State spokesman Bradford Queen made the comment Tuesday morning as news outlets reported lines at several precincts.

Jefferson County election officials called early voting "heavy" and Fayette County deputy clerk Meredith Watson said turnout was great and officials there haven't seen an increase in problems.

The Kentucky Attorney General's Office said it had received 77 complaints as of mid-morning.

A portion of central Kentucky, including Fayette County, has one of the nation's most hotly contested congressional races in the nation with incumbent Republican Rep. Andy Barr facing off with Democrat Amy McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot.


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A tight Kentucky congressional race in a district President Donald Trump won by double digits could be an early indicator whether the U.S. House will shift to Democratic control in the midterm elections.

Newcomer Amy McGrath's challenge of Republican incumbent Andy Barr could show the Democrats' strength in areas that supported Trump two years ago. McGrath, a retired fighter pilot, has given Barr his toughest test yet as he seeks a fourth term. Barr urged voters to re-elect him for his "access and influence with this administration."

Meanwhile, teachers upset over GOP lawmakers' handling of their pensions are running in dozens of legislative races across Kentucky. Mayor's races in Lexington and Louisville are also on the ballot Tuesday, along with Kim Davis' bid to remain the clerk of Rowan County.