Decision 2016: After early wins in Kentucky, Indiana, Trump stretches lead

Decision 2016: After early wins in Kentucky, Indiana, Trump stretches lead

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After a difficult 16-month election season, voters staggered to the polls to elect a new president Tuesday, and Kentucky and Indiana were the first two states called.

As projected, Republican Donald Trump won them both. And then he won a few more states and after 10 p.m. he claimed the first key battleground of Ohio. At about 10:40 p.m., Trump held a nearly 40-point lead in the electoral vote.

On the state front, Kentucky Republican Rand Paul retained his U.S. Senate seat in a decisive win over Democratic challenger Jim Gray, the mayor from Lexington.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo lost his re-election bid for the House's 95th District to Republican challenger Larry Brown.

Republican Todd Hollingsworth claimed Indiana's hotly-contested 9th District race over Shelli Yoder and Russell Brooksbank.

Republican Todd Young will replace Dan Coats in the Indiana Senate. Young was running against Democrat Evan Bayh and Libertarian Lucy Brenton.

Locally, several new faces were elected to serve on Louisville's Metro Council. See the list here.