Northwest Newsweek: June 29: 2018: Cabinet

Barr defeated Democrat and former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath on Tuesday. She was considered Barr's toughest challenger since he arrived in Congress in 2012. President Donald Trump won the central Kentucky district by double digits in 2016.

The district includes Lexington and capital Frankfort, and the seat there has switched parties five times since 1978. Both parties saw this race as close. Barr hosted a rally with President Donald Trump, and McGrath campaigned at a high school gym with former Vice President Joe Biden.

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8:01 p.m.: Sen. Bob Menendez fends off GOP challenger in New Jersey

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez fended off his wealthy Republican challenger and a barrage of ads about his tossed-out corruption charges to win re-election.

Menendez, 64, wins a third term Tuesday after a grueling campaign against Republican Bob Hugin.

Polls showed Hugin, 64, and Menendez much closer than expected in overwhelmingly Democratic New Jersey.

Hugin tapped his deep pockets for at least $27.5 million and spent on TV ads attacking Menendez over the 2017 trial on charges that he helped a friend with Medicare billing in exchange for lavish gifts.

The charges were dropped this year after a mistrial.

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7:40 p.m.: Kentucky clerk who refused to issue gay marriage licenses loses job

The Kentucky clerk who went to jail in 2015 for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has lost her bid for a second term.

Republican incumbent Kim Davis was defeated by Democrat Elwood Caudill Jr. in Tuesday's election for clerk of Rowan County in northeastern Kentucky.

Caudill is well known in the county, having worked for the county Property Valuation Administrator's Office for 21 years. He lost to Davis by just 23 votes in the 2014 Democratic primary. Davis later switched to the GOP.

Davis went from obscure local official to a national figure when she stopped issuing marriage licenses days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry. The ruling overturned same-sex marriage bans nationwide. Davis cited her religious beliefs for her action, saying she was acting under "God's authority."

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7:37 p.m.: GOP incumbent Comstock falls in Virginia

Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia was the first congressional incumbent to lose as voters in her Northern Virginia district expressed their continued dislike of President Donald Trump.

Democratic state Sen. Jennifer Wexton won an easy victory in the wealthy suburban district outside Washington, which Hillary Clinton won by 10 percentage points.

Comstock tried hard to emphasize her independence from Trump, but Wexton, a former prosecutor, portrayed the two-term incumbent as a Trump ally out of touch with the diverse, well-educated district.

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7:36 p.m.: Former Clinton Cabinet official flips U.S. House seat in Florida

Donna Shalala has won a U.S. House seat in Florida, making her the first Democrat to flip a GOP seat on Tuesday night.

After serving in President Bill Clinton's Cabinet as Health and Human Services Secretary and running major universities, Shalala is starting a third career with her election to the House.

The 77-year-old Democrat won Tuesday in a Miami district that had long been in Republican hands over former television journalist Maria Elvira Salazar. The district was represented for decades by GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who is retiring.

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7:30 p.m.: Elizabeth Warren among group of early Democratic Senate winners

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a potential 2020 White House contender, is among a group of six Democratic lawmakers who have easily won re-election to the Senate.

Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Chris Murphy of Connecticut, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Tom Carper of Delaware and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island also won. They were heavy favorites in their races.

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7:14 p.m.: Indiana approves amendment for balanced budget

Voters have approved an amendment to the Indiana Constitution obligating the General Assembly to adopt balanced budgets unless two-thirds of the members of both chambers vote to suspend the requirement.

The amendment twice cleared the General Assembly after Vice President Mike Pence first proposed it in the 2015 State of the State address when he was Indiana's governor.

Republican Rep. Todd Huston of Fishers sponsored the resolution in the Indiana House. He said the amendment forces lawmakers to fund pension responsibilities and bonding responsibilities.

The constitution already largely banned the state from incurring debt, except in times of war. Under the amendment, the General Assembly would be required to pass a balanced budget unless supermajorities vote to suspend the rule.

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6:59 p.m.: Tim Kaine defeats Corey Stewart in Virginia senate race

Democrat Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's running mate in the 2016 presidential election, retained his Senate seat on Tuesday, defeating Republican Corey Stewart.

Stewart, a die-hard Trump supporter, is a conservative provocateur best known for his outspoken support of Confederate imagery and hard-line views on immigration. He struggled to raise money and was ignored by national GOP groups.

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6:23 p.m.: Voters, including governor candidate, face malfunctions, long lines in closely watched Georgia race

Widespread reports of technical malfunctions and long lines at polling stations came in from across Georgia, with some voters reporting waits of up to three hours to cast ballots.

Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams are competing for governor in one of the signature contests of the 2018 midterm elections.

Kemp, the state's elections chief wasn't immune to the issues: When he went to cast his ballot, he had an issue with his voter card, but it was fixed quickly. He walked by reporters and said: "Take Two."

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