I spent time exploring Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District last week for @nytimes. The District is overwhelmingly white and culturally conservative. It is an uneasy mix of working-class struggles and old-money prosperity — bourbon distilleries and luxuriant horse farms, one very large auto plant and the University of Kentucky. Donald Trump and the Second Amendment are popular here, but not in that order. Reverence for veterans runs deep. Amy McGrath, a Naval Academy graduate and Marine combat aviator will have to run up large margins in the few heavily populated areas that lean Democratic, such as Lexington and Frankfort. More challenging, she will have to win the votes of rural residents who feel alienated from the national Democratic Party, stepping squarely into the culture wars over guns, same-sex rights and access to health care. Now, Amy’s race against Andy Barr, a Republican, will test the limits of any Democratic wave in the midterm elections and of the power of female candidates in a year with a record number of women running for Congress. If Amy and others like her can win, Democrats would almost certainly retake control of the House. Read more from Mike Tackett’s story on the District at @nytimes and scroll for more photos. Thanks as always to @tannercurtis for the great edit & guidance!