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Republican gubernatorial primary hits sour note in televised debate

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Host Bill Goodman peppered the candidates with questions in a roundtable-style discussion format for about an hour. Host Bill Goodman peppered the candidates with questions in a roundtable-style discussion format for about an hour.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The four men who want the Republican nomination for Kentucky governor agree jobs, schools and the state's pension liabilities are top issues going into next week's primary.

However, bitter feelings remain over allegations agriculture commissioner Jamie Comer abused a former girlfriend -- and that Hal Heiner's campaign had a part in them becoming public.

"Unfortunately this soiled bed that we've been forced to live in, somebody's going to have to live in between May 20 and the general election," Matt Bevin said of how the campaign has turned out.

On a KET debate Monday night, Comer and Heiner again denied the allegations.

"I'm moving forward," Comer said. "We've addressed these issues. I think the ultimate jury is the public and the voters."

"It's no surprise that Matt is here at the table, when we should be talking about policies in Kentucky, and once again he's attacking another Republican," Heiner countered.

Candidate Will T. Scott seemed to ignore the controversy and focused, instead, on pensions.

"If we don't do something, we're going to be broke," Scott said flat out.

Voters choose nominees in the primary May 19.

Jack Conway is the presumed Democratic nominee.

More: James Comer calls allegations of physical abuse 'a flat-out lie'

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