Wednesday, November 6, 2002

Northup leads GOP to victory

By Charles Wolfe
The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE-As President Bush telephoned Republican Rep. Anne Northup with congratulations, other Congressional races in the Commonwealth also showed Republican victories.

In the 1st District, Republican Rep. Ed Whitfield won a fifth term against Democrat Klint Alexander, a first-time candidate whose family has prominent Kentucky connections but who is a Florida native and only a recent resident of the state.

Mr. Whitfield declared victory less than two hours after polls closed.

With all precincts reporting, Mr. Whitfield had 65.5 percent, and Mr. Alexander 34.5 percent.

Elsewhere, Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers, senior member of Kentucky's congressional delegation, crushed Democrat Sidney Jane Bailey as expected in the 5th District. Mr. Rogers had defeated her twice before, each time with more than 70 percent of the vote.

With all precincts reporting, Mr. Rogers had 78.2 percent, and Ms. Bailey had 21.8 percent.

In the 2nd District, Rep. Ron Lewis defeated Democrat David L. Williams of Glasgow, a fringe candidate who also has run for governor and U.S. Senate, and Libertarian Robert Guy Dyer of Horse Cave.

Mr. Lewis had 69.5 percent; Mr. Williams has 29.3 percent, and Mr. Dyer 1.2 percent.

The Northup and Lucas races had national implications because of the GOP's slim majority - seven seats - in the U.S. House.

In the end, Ms. Northup's constituents decided to stick with an incumbent who has proved adept at securing federal money for Jefferson County.

"I've followed her political career, and I've seen her results in Congress," said voter Georgia Whitehead, 61.

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