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 BarrThe Hill's Campaign Report: The political heavyweights in Tuesday's primary fights Democrat Josh Hicks wins Kentucky primary to challenge Andy Barr McGrath fends off Booker to win Kentucky Senate primary 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 Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' 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.