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Barr Points To Values, Economic Message In Republican Wins

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Sixth District Congressman Andy Barr was among the Republicans benefiting from a wave of GOP support Tuesday night, but the lawmaker also sees a message for Democrats in his victory.

Barr toppled Democratic opponent Josh Hicks with numbers in some counties in the swing district exceeding his 2018 and even 2016 totals. Among the reasons for the margin of victory, Barr said, is a Kentucky Democratic party that's out of sync with their national counterparts.

"They don't recognize the shift that the Democratic party has taken at the national level, a real lurch to the far left," he said.

The now five term congressman maintains the key to mending the deep partisan divide in the U.S. is economic.

"When everybody does better, when everybody's opportunities grow, when everybody's pocketbooks and paychecks are growing, it's easier to be united as a country," he told WUKY.

In a statement, Josh Hicks repeated his campaign message that he fought for "regular folks," adding he was humbled and deeply grateful to everyone who helped build his campaign.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.