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Democrat Josh Hicks wins Kentucky primary to challenge Andy Barr

Democrat Josh Hicks wins Kentucky primary to challenge Andy Barr

Marine veteran and former police officer Josh Hicks won the Democratic primary in Kentucky's 6th District on Tuesday and will face off against Rep. Andy BarrAndy BarrReclaiming the American Dream Powell, Mnuchin stress limits of current emergency lending programs McConnell holds 12-point lead over Democratic challenger McGrath: poll MORE (R-Ky.) in November.

Hicks, also an attorney, won with 72 percent of the vote, easily prevailing over rival Daniel Kemph in the June 23 primary, according to The Associated Press. 

Results were revealed Tuesday after taking into account the flood of mailed-in ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic. Barr was declared the winner of the GOP primary last week.

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Hicks switched parties from Republican to Democrat in 2016, citing his lack of faith in President TrumpDonald John TrumpFox News president, top anchors advised to quarantine after coronavirus exposure: report Six notable moments from Trump and Biden's '60 Minutes' interviews Biden on attacks on mental fitness: Trump thought '9/11 attack was 7/11 attack' MORE's Republican Party.

He unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the Kentucky state House in 2018 before his bid for Barr's seat. The Cook Political Report rates the race as “likely Republican.” 

The state’s primary, originally scheduled for May 19, was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.