HARRODSBURG - When Democrat Ben Chandler arrived to a standing ovation of Mercer Countians Tuesday night, he did it as the victor in his race for Kentucky's 6th District of the U.S. House of Representatives.
It was a much happier Chandler than it was a year ago. "I was giving a concession speech a year ago," he said of his loss to Republican Ernie Fletcher in their race for governor. It had been an unpleasant ending to a hard-fought race.
Just last February, Chandler won a special election to fill out Fletcher's term in the House.
Tuesday night, he called it a victory "heard all across the country" and predicted Tuesday's vote would surpass the margin of the February race.
He thanked all of his friends in Mercer County and said he has friends here that go back before he was born, friends of his grandfather's, Kentucky's A.B. "Happy" Chandler. He said he will remember the trust given to him and, "I mean to take it very seriously."