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John Yarmuth re-elected to U.S. House of Representatives

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U.S. Representative John Yarmuth shows up to the polls to vote on Election Day 2014. U.S. Representative John Yarmuth shows up to the polls to vote on Election Day 2014.
Congressman John Yarmuth celebrated his birthday (Nov. 4) at the victory party in Louisville. Congressman John Yarmuth celebrated his birthday (Nov. 4) at the victory party in Louisville.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth is easily winning re-election in Kentucky's 3rd congressional district.

The former newspaper publisher was leading Republican challenger Michael Macfarlane and independent candidate Gregory Peter Puccetti in early returns Tuesday night.

Yarmuth was first elected in 2006, when he defeated former Republican U.S. Rep. Anne Northup in a year in which Democrats won control of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

"I cannot thank you enough," Yarmuth said in a victory speech. "When I decided to run 9 years ago, I wanted to give this community a voice."

Macfarlane is a surgeon who has practiced at Jewish Hospital, Norton Healthcare and Baptist East. He ran on a platform of opposing the Affordable Care Act, which he said would make health care unaffordable for many Kentuckians.

Yarmuth said that he helped write the Affordable Care Act and that it has given health insurance to more than 521,000 Kentuckians, many for the first time.

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