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Web wars begin in KY U.S. Senate campaign

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- One week after announcing she's running for the U.S. Senate, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has finally launched her campaign website.

But Sen. Mitch McConnell's backers have also launched a Grimes site that looks like the real thing but sends a very different message.

In fact, the Republican site was launched a couple of days before Grimes' actual campaign website. It's a sign of just how much national money and messaging we'll see in this campaign.

When you Google Grimes for Senate, it's the first thing that pops up -- and when you click on the link to www.GrimesforSenate.org, it takes you to what looks like, at first glance, a pro-Grimes website.

But it doesn't take long to discover that Grimes would not approve of this message.  It tries to tie her to President Obama and the so-called war on coal, and highlights what some are calling a stumbling start to her campaign.

The site is, in fact, a product of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.  "Since she did not have a website to explain some of her positions to the people of Kentucky, we decided to establish one for her. She has since launched one, but listeners can go to both of them see some of the things that she has on hers, which I think is simply a signup page, and some of the things on ours," said the NRSC's Communications Director Brad Dayspring.

Grimes' actual site, www.Alisonforky.com, officially launched on Friday, two days after the Republican site.

Right now the campaign site is simply a landing page, allowing visitors to sign up for email updates, link to her social media sites, and to donate.

Grimes' campaign spokesman calls the GOP website deceptive, and accuses the Republicans of trying to trick Kentucky voters.

"Unfortunately for them, this was another failed attempt by the Washington insiders to try and deceive Kentucky voters. It didn't work. People know that there's only one website that they can go if they want to be a part of change," said Jonathan Hurst of the Grimes campaign.

Democratic consultant Bob Gunnell says the web war illustrates that the national parties, and interest groups on both sides are going to pull out the stops in this campaign.

"And I think you're going to see national money pour in from all over the country; for Sen. McConnell as well. I think this is going to be a national race," said Gunnell.

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