Republican Rep. Hal Rogers became the first winner of the 2018 US midterm polls as he was elected to a record 21st term in Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District on Tuesday night, reports say.
Rogers defeated his Democratic opponent, Kenneth Stepp, in just half an hour after the polls closed in the Bluegrass State at 6 pm.
The 80-year-old veteran, who was first elected in 1981, is Kentucky’s longest-serving Republican official at the federal office.
Voters turned out in record numbers as the control of the US Congress was up for grabs on Tuesday. The results could define the rest of President Donald Trump’s time in office.
Republicans are in control of the US House of Representatives and Senate.
Exit polls, which are expected anytime soon, will indicate whether there has been a shift toward Democrats or voters still back Republicans.
Development and immigration are going to be key factors in deciding the winner.