Kentucky state Senator Perry Clark, a Democrat, has been reelected to the District 37 seat in southwest Louisville.

Clark beat Republican challenger Chris Thieneman with 58 percent of the vote. Thieneman outspent Clark in the race, but was plagued in the last weeks of his campaign with a lawsuit that questioned his residency. With Clark’s win, the lawsuit is essentially rendered moot, and Clark says he’s confident he would have won even without the legal challenge.

I think we were going to be fine anyway and I was going to run regardless of who was running. I think we were going to be fine,” Clark said. “I think I’ve got 17 years of reputation of being a fair and balanced and just person. Even though sometimes I do have little whimsical thoughts that go outside the norm. But sometimes you need that, that’s how we stretch, that’s how we move, that’s how we progress.”

Clark has been in the news in the past year for controversial comments comparing President Obama to Hitler for raising the debt ceiling, and for pre-filing legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky.

Erica Peterson is WFPL's News Director.