Republican incumbent Rep. Brett Guthrie fended off three competitors Tuesday to win a third term as U.S. representative for the 2nd Congressional District.
In an email, Guthrie said, “I am deeply honored the people of Kentucky’s 2nd Congressional District have elected me to a third term to represent them in Congress. I will continue to fight for pro-job policies, the repeal of Obamacare, and for a balanced budget.”
Guthrie garnered more than 60 percent of the votes (3,389) in LaRue County, according to the Kentucky Secretary of State's website.
Democrat David Lynn Williams received 1,459 votes. Andrew R. Beacham had 137 in LaRue.
Libertarian candidate and Hodgenville resident Craig Astor finished with 585 votes in LaRue County.
Just after 7 p.m. when the race was called in Guthrie’s favor, Astor said he congratulated Guthrie on winning a third term.
Astor hopes Guthrie will help lead the country out of the recession and end the War on Terror, he said.
The 2012 campaign is Astor’s second and he referred to it as a positive experience. According to Astor, he ran in 2010 as a Republican candidate for a seat in the state legislature.
Asked what he intends to do next, Astor said he may run again if there is a need but added he has a good job fixing airplanes for UPS.
The second district covers 22 counties, including Hardin, LaRue, Meade, Grayson, Breckinridge and Nelson.
Guthrie, a resident of Bowling Green, serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee where he is on the subcommittees for health, communication and technology, and commerce, manufacturing and trade, according to his website.
He was first elected to the position in 2008.
Guthrie won with 61 percent of the vote, 23,207 votes.