Jensen to challenge Barr in 6th District

Political newcomer defeats Geoff Young

The Associated Press, Published:

LOUISVILLE — Education advocate Elisabeth Jensen has won the Democratic nomination in Kentucky's 6th Congressional District and will challenge first-term Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr in the general election.

Jensen, a political newcomer, defeated Geoff Young on Tuesday in the district that covers Lexington and a large swath of central and eastern Kentucky.

She has voiced her support for President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul and criticized Barr for voting for its repeal.

Jensen leads The Race for Education, a non-profit that provides scholarships and focuses on literacy and other education initiatives.

Barr was unopposed in Tuesday's primary, and he enters the general election campaign with a fundraising advantage.

Barr defeated Democratic incumbent Ben Chandler in 2012 to win the congressional seat.

The district has swung back and forth between Republican and Democratic representation.

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