LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Harold Bratcher, who has joked that his only experience in politics came when his kids ran for class president, has won the GOP nod to challenge five-term Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth in November.

Bratcher, 43, runs a small trucking company in Louisville and campaigned on being a political outsider. He pledges to bring jobs back to the United States, reform the tax code and close the nation's borders.

He will face Yarmuth, who has represented the state's 3rd Congressional District for a decade, in the fall.

Yarmuth, a former newspaper publisher, was first elected in 2006 and remains the only Democrat in Kentucky's congressional delegation.

Yarmuth says his priorities have been to toughen campaign finance laws, combat gun violence and expand access to health care. He has handily won each of his re-election campaigns.

The primary race involved four candidates: Harold Bratcher, Everett Corley and Robert DeVore.


Precincts Reporting: 605 of 608 | 99 percent


EVERETT CORLEY:    7,832  37%

ROBERT DEVORE:     4,051  19%

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