The House

How a midterm race in Kentucky could have implications for a nation

The US midterm elections are less than a month away and one of the most interesting races for the House of Representatives is in Kentucky's sixth congressional district.
Kentucky's former Democratic 6th Congressional District representative Ben Chandler says it's time for the voters to replace his successor Republican Andy Barr with new Democrat Amy McGrath. (Timothy D. Easley/Associated Press)
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Trade isn't the only topic on the minds of Kentuckians.

The U.S. midterm elections are less than a month away and one of the most interesting races for the House of Representatives is in Kentucky's sixth congressional district.

Retired Marine combat pilot Amy McGrath is trying to unseat three-term Republican Andy Barr.

Kentucky, and the sixth district, are solidly Republican. Donald Trump took the district by 16 percentage points just two years ago.

Still, Democrats believe that unhappiness with the president and his agenda provides an opening to take back control of the House. McGrath is one of their best hopes.

She's campaigning on promises to make health care more affordable, and to ensure economic growth benefits everyone one. Barr's trying to paint her as "too liberal" for Kentucky.

Former Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler, who lost to Barr in 2012, says the tactic won't work.

"Amy McGrath is a war hero. Amy McGrath is a mother of three who's killed terrorists. Now I don't know too many people who have that profile."

Former Congressman Ben Chandler discusses the battle between incumbent Congressman Andy Barr and challenger Amy McGrath in the battle for Kentucky's 6th District in the upcoming midterms. 7:06