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Congressman John Yarmuth and more than 140 other Democratic representatives are calling on President-Elect Donald Trump to rescind the appointment of Breitbart News executive Steve Bannon as chief strategist. Bannon has been criticized for being anti-Semitic and racist.

The State Department has opened up a transition office, but that ground-floor corner office in Washington's Foggy Bottom neighborhood is quiet for now as diplomats await news of their new boss. Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state could tell a lot about the direction he will take U.S. foreign policy.

At the moment, all eyes are on former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a longtime friend of Trump and strong backer throughout the campaign. He's an unlikely candidate with little foreign policy experience, though he did manage the city that is home to the United Nations.

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Democrat Jim Gray fell short in his bid to upend incumbent GOP U.S. Senator Rand Paul. But, the two-term Lexington mayor said Tuesday night he felt good about his showing in the statewide race. 

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Republican Sen. Rand Paul has won reelection to his seat, defeating Democratic challenger Jim Gray, the mayor of Lexington.

Paul won all but seven of Kentucky’s 120 counties.

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Soon after polls closed in the Central time zone, NPR, the Associated Press and several other media outlets report Donald Trump and Rand Paul winning Kentucky. Both candidates were projected to win in the 'safe/likely' Republican state.

Republican Party of Kentucky, Facebook

Update:

The biggest news of the day in Kentucky might be that Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo has lost his race for reelection to longtime Republican challenger Larry Brown. 
Elsewhere on the ballot: Donald Trump has won Kentucky’s eight electoral votes and U.S. Senator Rand Paul has won re-election to his seat. 4th District Congressman Thomas Massie and 6th District Congressman Andy Barr have also won re-election to their seats. 

Rand Paul U.S. Senate Campaign, via news release

Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul made an election eve stop in Paducah, as part of his 'Defend Kentucky' tour. Paul spoke at Midwest Aviation, Inc.

Democratic challenger Jim Gray joined former Governor Steve Beshear at the Democratic Headquarters in Hopkinsville as part of his 'Kentucky First Always Tour.'

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Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates are both bad-mouthing Washington as they tour the state's largest media markets on the eve of the general election. 

Alexandra Kanik, Ohio Valley ReSource

The opioid epidemic is on the agenda for political campaigns from the presidential race down to the local level in the Ohio Valley region. Election Day could shape the response to the crisis in states with some of the nation’s highest rates of addiction and overdoses.

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Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates met last night on statewide television for the only debate of the 2016 campaign.

Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and Democrat Lexington Mayor Jim Gray appeared together on KET's "Kentucky Tonight.”

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