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Results for Kentucky Congressional races roll in

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Results from Kentucky's Congressional races are rolling in. Here are the results thus far, broken up by district.

Whitfield re-elected in Kentucky's 1st district

Republican U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield has won re-election to an 11th term in Kentucky's 1st congressional district.

The Hopkinsville attorney was leading Democratic challenger Charles Hatchett in early returns Tuesday.

Whitfield was first elected in 1994 when he defeated former Democratic Congressman Tom Barlow. He was the first Republican elected to Kentucky's 1st district, which spans western Kentucky and was a Democratic stronghold for decades.

Hatchett, 62, is a real estate broker who lives on a small farm in Benton. He criticized Whitfield for voting against the Affordable Care Act and not offering an alternative plan to provide people with health insurance.

Whitfield said he opposed the Affordable Care Act because he said it would make health care more expensive.

Guthrie re-elected in Kentucky's 2nd district

Republican U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie is coasting to a fourth term in Kentucky's 2nd congressional district.

The former state senator from Bowling Green was leading Democratic challenger Ron Leach in early returns Tuesday.

Guthrie was first elected in 2008, when Republican U.S. Rep. Ron Lewis chose to retire minutes before the deadline to file for re-election. Guthrie has easily won re-election since then in the southwest Kentucky district.

Leach is a retired Army Major who is married with six children. He characterized Guthrie as an obstructionist and blamed him for Standard and Poor downgrading the country's credit rating, noting his vote against raising the debt ceiling in 2011.

Guthrie ran on a platform of cutting spending and said he believes the country's debt is hurting the economy.

Rogers re-elected in Kentucky's 5th district

Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers is cruising to a record 18th term in Kentucky's 5th congressional district.

Rogers was leading Democratic challenger Kenneth Stepp in early returns Tuesday night.

The attorney from Somerset was first elected in 1981 and is the longest serving Republican ever elected to federal office in Kentucky. He is the chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which oversees federal government spending.

Recently, Rogers has joined forces with Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear to launch Shaping Our Appalachian Region, an effort to transform eastern Kentucky's economy after the decline of the coal industry.

Stepp is an attorney from Manchester who raised less than $3,000 for his campaign. Rogers raised more than $1.1 million.

Barr re-elected in Kentucky's 6th district

Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Bar has won his first re-election campaign in Kentucky's 6th congressional district.

Barr was leading Democratic challenger Elisabeth Jensen in early returns Tuesday night.

Barr defeated Democratic Congressman Ben Chandler in 2012 in a district that was redrawn to favor Democrats. In his first term, Barr sponsored bills that would have imposed term limits and reduced politicians' pay if they failed to cut spending.

Jensen is president of an education nonprofit in Lexington. She garnered attention for running radio ads against Barr for voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, one of the few Democratic candidates in a Republican-leaning state to try that strategy.

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