From The Lexington Herald-Leader: More than 300 candidates file for office in Kentucky. 17 will challenge McConnell.

By DANIEL DESROCHERS

The filing deadline to run for political office in Kentucky is weeks earlier this year, but that didn’t stop more than 300 Kentuckians from filing for state and federal political offices Friday, including 17 people hoping to take down U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Hoping to defend their super-majorities in both legislative chambers, 138 Republicans filed for a seat in the 100-member House or 38-member Senate. Democrats, who are trying to make up ground after losing seats in consecutive elections, fielded 108 legislative candidates. The deadline to file was 4 p.m. Friday.

All 100 House seats and 19 Senate seats are up for election in 2020.

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