The National Republican Congressional Committee has raised the profile of Kentucky 6th congressional district race by elevating GOP challenger Andy Barr, who is hoping to face Democratic incumbent Ben Chandler again this fall.
Despite two other Republicans being in the GOP primary, the NRCC highlighted Barr’s benchmarks as their reason for elevating his candidacy. In a statement, NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions all but guaranteed Barr would win the race and have a rematch against Chandler.
“We are looking forward to working with Andy Barr, who has already proven himself by meeting rigorous benchmarks in the ‘Young Guns’ program that will position his campaign for victory,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions of Texas said in a statement. “Andy Barr’s dedication and experience enables him to advocate effectively for pro-growth policies and fight the failed status quo in Washington.”
The news from Washington comes as Barr and his supporters have ramped up their lobbying of lawmakers to resist a compromise on the congressional district map. The suggested version that has come out negotiations among Republican Senate and Democratic House leaders, as well as representatives from some of the incumbent congressmen, would alter the 6th District by moving some conservatives areas, such as Garrard County and part of Jessamine County, into the 2nd District while spreading the 6th District east to some slightly Democratic counties, such as Bath, Rowan and Wolfe.
Republicans Patrick Kelly II of Lexington and Curtis Kenimer of Paris are also running for the GOP nomination.