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Romney wins Kentucky's 8 electoral votes

FRANKFORT, Ky., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney picked up Kentucky's eight electoral votes, CNN projected Tuesday night.

With about 74 percent of votes counted, Romney had captured 58 percent to 40 percent for President Barack Obama, the U.S. network reported.

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Meanwhile, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, a Democrat, easily won re-election, defeating Republican Brooks Wicker in Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District.

Yarmuth led Wicker 64 percent-35 percent with 99 percent of precincts counted, while Independent Robert DeVore Jr. garnered 1 percent of the vote.

The Courier-Journal noted the 3rd District is the state's most Democratic.

With 83 percent of precincts counted in District 4, the Courier-Journal said, Republican Rep. Thomas Massie had won 62 percent of the vote to 35 percent for Democrat William Adkins and 3 percent for independent David Lewis.

In District 6, with 99 percent of precincts reporting, Republican Rep. Andy Barr had 51 percent of votes to 47 percent for Democrat Ben Chandler and 3 percent for independent Randolph Vance.

An amendment making hunting and fishing a constitutional right in Kentucky won approval. With 84.7 percent of the vote counted, 84.7 percent of voters approved the measure to 15.2 percent who opposed it, the Courier-Journal reported.

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