A poll in the field this week is looking at potential candidates in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District.
The Public Policy Polling survey, which was conducted May 31, matched U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, against three potential Democratic challengers: Former U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, of Versailles; Lexington Mayor Jim Gray; retired Marine Lt. Col. Amy McGrath.
In addition to the listed challengers, respondents were asked a more generic question: If the election for House were tomorrow, would you vote for the Democratic nominee or Rep. Barr?
Respondents also were queried on their favorable/unfavorable opinions of President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and of Barr and Gray. The poll did not ask this about Chandler.
In addition, the poll asked if Congress should keep what works in the Affordable Care Act and fix the rest, or repeal the ACA and start over.
Barr and Chandler have faced each other twice before, with each one winning one contest: In 2010, Chandler bested Barr by 648 votes; two years later, Barr defeated Chandler by 11,784 votes.
Barr is considered vulnerable in the 2018 midterm, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has him in its sights.
Other names mentioned as possible challengers to Rep Barr include Sen. Reggie Thomas of Lexington, former Rep Leslie Combs, and former Beshear aid Colmon Eldridge.
Public Policy Polling is a Democratic pollster.