Kentucky: Chandler-Barr race intensifies

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October 15, 2012


By George Sousouris

Lexington, KENTUCKY: An influx of outside money and some increasingly harsh mudslinging have intensified the race in Kentucky's sixth congressional district. Campaign finance reports for third quarter fundraising have shown that incumbent Ben Chandler (D) only raised $500,000 to Andy Barr's (R) nearly $800,000. This race is a rematch from 2010 in which Barr lost by a slim 648 vote margin, and he aims to flip the result this time around.[1]

Groups like the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have spent more than $1 million on the race, and the latest round of ads against Barr have alleged that has lied about criminal activity in the past, including a dispute regarding a fake driver's license. The NRCC has bought $616,982 through November 6, while the DCCC $265,012 through October 29.[2]

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