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Ky's Senate race gets national attention as McConnell, Bevin, Grimes vie for office

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- All eyes are on Kentucky's Senate race today.

The Republican candidates -- Mitch McConnell and Matt Bevin -- are facing off in the primary today. It's a key race, because whoever wins today will face the Democratic candidate in the fall -- and that fall election could shift the balance of power in the Senate.

For Bevin, it was tough campaign, and this morning, he even had a tough time voting.

"Uh-oh, I'm being rejected," Bevin said. "Is this what happens for everyone who votes Bevin?"

Bevin ran into a glitch while casting his vote. The issue was quickly resolved. And despite the polls that show him way behind McConnell, Bevin says he's going to make history tonight.

"I feel great," Bevin said. "Really and truly, I tell you history is going to be made here in Kentucky. History is going to be made today. At the end of the day, the voters are going to decide. It's a simple as that. The voters will come in, and I'm encouraged that people are turning out. I hope that's good for our electoral process. I really think it will be. It bothers me that so few people take this process seriously."

Sen. Mitch McConnell cast his vote in Louisville this morning, alongside his wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao. In brief comments, McConnell said he's confident he will be the GOP nominee. When asked how he feels about the general election, McConnell simply said, "Very good."

It's expected that McConnell, if he wins, will face Democrat Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Grimes cast her vote in her hometown of Lexington. She's expected to easily win the Democratic nomination. In fact, she, like McConnell, is already looking ahead to the fall election. There's a lot on the line for both parties, which is why Kentucky's Senate race is being closely watched across the country.

If McConnell wins today and wins in the fall, that would help swing control of the Senate to the Republicans and set up McConnell to become the new Senate Majority Leader.

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