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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth held off Republican challenger Todd Lally in Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District, denying the GOP a closely watched seat in its quest for a House majority.
With 47 percent reporting, Yarmuth received 60,116 votes, or 54 percent, to Lally's 49,516, or 44 percent.
Kentucky's other Democratic incumbent, U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler of Versailles, was locked in a tight race with GOP challenger Andy Barr.
With 61 percent reporting, Chandler led with 69,493 votes, or 52 percent, to Barr's 62,015, or 47 percent.
The two races were being watched nationally as possible indicators of how Republicans will do nationally. Kentucky's polls closed at 6 p.m. EDT in the eastern half of the state and 7 p.m. EDT in the western part of the state, among the first to close in the country.
The two seats were important to Republicans nationally, who were seeking to capture 39 House seats currently held by Democrats.
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