Congressman John Yarmuth | Photo via campaign website

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Congressman John Yarmuth both won their re-election campaigns by wide margins on Tuesday, as the Democratic incumbents were able to win over 60 percent of the vote.

Democrats also preformed well in other races in Jefferson County, defeating two Republican incumbents in the state House and flipping two seats on Metro Council to give the party a dominant 19 to 7 lead in the city’s legislative body.

Rep. Yarmuth will now serve his seventh term in Kentucky’s Third District that includes most of Louisville, defeating his Republican challenger Vicki Yates Brown Glisson with 62 percent of the vote.

Mayor Fischer defeated his Republican Councilwoman Angela Leet by picking up 61 percent of the vote, and will now serve his third four-year term leading the largest city in Kentucky.

Republican Councilman Glen Stuckel, who has represented the northeastern District 17 since the city-county merger in 2002, lost his re-election bid to Democratic challenger Markus Winkler, who won 55 percent of the vote.

In the open race for Metro Council’s District 7 seat, which is currently represented by Leet, Democratic candidate Paula McCraney defeated Republican Kent Hall, winning nearly 54 percent of the vote.

Republican Jennifer Alexander nearly picked up a Metro Council seat for her party in the open race for the District 13 seat in south Louisville, but Democrat Mark Fox, a retired LMPD captain, won a narrow victory by just 60 votes.

Democrats were able to flip two seats in state House district in the eastern suburbs of Jefferson County, but the party was not able to significantly cut into the GOP’s supermajority in that chamber statewide.

Republican incumbent Phil Moffett lost to JCPS special education teacher Tina Bojanowski in House District 32, while Rep. Ken Fleming lost by just 326 votes to Democrat Maria Sorolis in a rematch from two years earlier in House District 48.

Democrats wound up gaining a net total of two seats in the state House, but Republicans will still have a dominant 61-39 majority when next year’s session of the Kentucky General Assembly begins in January.

This story has been updated.

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Joe Sonka
Joe Sonka is a staff writer at Insider Louisville focusing on government, politics, education and public safety. He is a former news editor and staff writer at LEO Weekly and has also freelanced for The Nation and ThinkProgress. He has won first place awards from the Louisville Metro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the categories of Health Reporting, Enterprise Reporting, Government/Politics, Minority/Women’s Affairs Reporting, Continuing Coverage and Best Blog. Email him at [email protected]