LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Like so many other Americans, the candidates for Kentucky's U.S. Senate seat both cast their ballots Tuesday morning.

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell voted at Bellarmine University. He appeared to be in good spirits as he cast his ballot, acting very confident of a victory.The 30-year senate incumbent is hoping to fend off the Democratic underdog Alison Lundergan Grimes. McConnell has spent the campaign season focusing on presidential policies, rather than his opponent, and the tone remained the same today.

Meanwhile, while McConnell cast his ballot in Louisville, Grimes was voting in her home town of Lexington.

Despite current polls that show McConnell leading by an average of 6.5 points, Grimes remained confident this morning, saying Kentucky voters are ready for a change.

"This is an exciting day," Grimes said. "The people of this state are going to have the last word, and I think they're going to surprise a lot of the nation. They're ready for somebody that can finally bring the change that's needed to Washington and put the people of the state first."

Combined, both candidates have spent $100 million on this race.

This race will really depend on turnout -- especially the minority vote.

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