FANCY FARM, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two headlines out of this year's Fancy Farm.

For the first time Republicans dominated the speakers platform.

But the Democratic Senate more than held his own.

One after another Republicans skewered Democratic leadership for being no-shows at Fancy Farm.

Republicans now hold most statewide offices, and the top elected Democrats, Attorney General Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Alison Grimes skipped Fancy Farm this year.

Fancy Farm's selection of GOP operative Scott Jennings as this year's emcee led Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo to boycott the event.

But, despite the lack of numbers on stage, Democrats were vocal in their support of Lexington mayor Jim gray, who is challenging senator Rand Paul.

It was Gray's first time at Fancy Farm, but he did not seem bothered by the rowdy crowd. In fact using it to go after Paul, who skipped last year's event to campaign for president by accusing him of using the Senate as a stepping stone to the White House.

As for Paul, he tried to link Gray to Grimes.

During her senate run two years ago she famously declined to voice her support for President Obama who is unpopular in KY.

The Presidential candidates all sent surrogates.

But Hillary Clinton's use of a former senator from North Carolina instead of a Kentuckian left one more opening for Republicans.

Republicans believe they now have momentum to take the state house this fall. But Democrats say they while may have been absent here, but they'll show up at the polls.

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