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President Donald Trump has won Kentucky’s 8 electoral votes, according to the Associated Press.

Kentucky is one of the first states with presidential election results because of the state’s early poll closings at 6 p.m., and a wide margin in favor of the president.

It’s too early to predict exactly what Trump’s margin over former Vice President Joe Biden is in Kentucky at this point.

Trump won Kentucky by about 30 percentage points over Hillary Clinton in 2016.

The AP also called a western Kentucky district early: Incumbent Republican Congressman James Comer has won his third term. Comer is Kentucky’s former two-term agriculture commissioner. He was running against former union representative and Democrat James Rhodes.

The AP called the race for Comer shortly after polls closed in the western part of the state. Comer was recently selected to serve as the top-ranking Republican on a key investigative committee in Congress, and will begin his third term in January in the state’s 1st District.

Republican U.S. Rep. Harold Rogers defeated Democratic challenger Matthew Ryan Best to win his 21st term in the Appalachian area of southeastern Kentucky. Rogers is Kentucky’s longest-serving politician in congress, having represented the state’s 5th district since 1981. He currently serves as the dean of Kentucky’s congressional delegation, which includes five Republicans and one Democrat.

In Louisville, Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth has defeated Republican challenger Rhonda Palazzo. Yarmuth won reelection Tuesday in the congressional district that includes most of the Louisville metropolitan area. Yarmuth has represented the Louisville-area 3rd District since 2007 and is the chairman of the House Budget Committee.

He has long served as the lone voice of dissent among Kentucky’s GOP-dominated delegation. Also winning reelection were Kentucky House Republicans Thomas Massie, Brett Guthrie, James Comer and Harold Rogers.

Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr has won reelection to a fifth term in a central Kentucky congressional district. Barr defeated Democratic challenger Josh Hicks in a district that for decades has swung between Republicans and Democrats. Barr had been a target of national Democrats and held off another hard-charging challenge to keep the seat in the GOP column. The 6th District stretches from Kentucky’s bluegrass region to the Appalachian foothills and includes Lexington. Barr has been a loyal supporter of President Donald Trump.