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McConnell-Grimes square off in debate

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Alison Lundergan Grimes arrives at the debate. Alison Lundergan Grimes arrives at the debate.
Grimes supporters gather outside KET before the debate. Grimes supporters gather outside KET before the debate.
McConnell supporters gather outside KET ahead of the debate. McConnell supporters gather outside KET ahead of the debate.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The only debate between U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes took place Monday night.

The pair faced off in Lexington on KET, neither making any major gaffes and both sticking to their main talking points from the campaign. 

What might have been the sharpest exchange of the debate was over coal jobs in Kentucky as Grimes interrupted McConnell's comments about the Obama administration's record on coal jobs.

"This administration has destroyed 7,000 of them," McConnell said of Kentucky's jobs.

Grimes continued to bring up McConnell's record in Washington over the last 30 years and McConnell continued to try to tie Grimes to the Obama administration. 

Grimes was asked again whether she voted for Obama as McConnell pressed the issue, saying he voted for Mitt Romney and Senator John McCain. Grimes declined to answer the question, saying everyone has a right to a private ballot. 

"This is a matter of principle," Grimes said. "Our constitution grants, here in Kentucky, the constitutional right for a privacy at the ballot box."

Grimes will try to keep McConnell from being re-elected to a sixth term on November fourth. If the 30-year incumbent wins the election, and if Republicans take control of the Senate, he would become the new Senate majority leader.

Public polls show a close race with just a little more than three weeks before the election.

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