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McConnell, Grimes blitz state to make closing arguments

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McConnell supporters gather in a hangar at Bowman Field as the Republican Senator made his final pitch before Election Day. McConnell supporters gather in a hangar at Bowman Field as the Republican Senator made his final pitch before Election Day.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After $100 million and endless TV ads, it's the final day of the heated campaign for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky.

Mitch McConnell is ending with a familiar message as he flies around the state to make his final pitch.

McConnell's wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, and Kentucky's junior Senator Rand Paul joined McConnell for his final Louisville rally at Bowman Field.

The closing argument was the same as it's been throughout the campaign, that this election is about President Obama, never once mentioning Alison Lundergan Grimes.

"We're going to send a message to President Obama, this will be a repudiation of President Obama's policies," said Paul.

"After six years of borrowing and spending and taxing and regulation, these people need to be stopped, and starts tomorrow night," said McConnell to the cheers of his supporters.

Following weekend rallies with Hillary Clinton, Grimes is also blitzing the state by air, beginning in eastern Kentucky.

During a stop in Louisville Monday, Grimes was critical of McConnell's campaign. She pulled out a republican opposition flyer circulated by the McConnell camp and alleged that the senator was threatening an election violation notice to those who showed up to vote.

"This coming from a man who wants to be minority leader, thinks so little of our democracy that all he has to run on is fear," she told the crowd. "That's what you use when you are out of touch, out of ideas, and out of time."

While all polls now show McConnell in the lead, turnout will be crucial.

For McConnell, one big question is whether Tea Partiers alienated by his bruising primary win over Matt Bevin will now show up for him.

Tea Party favorite Rand Paul believes they will.

"I think most of the people have come together. Because what separates us as Republicans is much less than what separates Republicans from Democrats, particularly nationally," Paul told WDRB News.

The national media covering this campaign indicate its national importance.

Fox News' Carl Cameron, reporting from the McConnell rally, says Kentucky will send a strong message whomever wins.

"If and when Mitch McConnell wins, it will be seen as a repudiation of President Obama. Or if Alison Lundergan Grimes wins, it will be seen as the repudiation of the Republican Congress because Mitch McConnell is the Republican leader," said Cameron.

As McConnell's plane taxis into position for takeoff, one thing is certain. In just over 24 hours, one side will still be flying high.

McConnell wraps up his campaign Monday afternoon in Bowling Green. Grimes ends in Lexington.

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