Congressional race takes negative turn in 6th

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Associated Press

Posted on August 24, 2012 at 2:02 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The race between Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler and Republican challenger Andy Barr in Kentucky's 6th District has gone negative in recent days with TV attack ads that are leaving both men battered.

In what is considered the state's most competitive congressional matchup, the National Republican Congressional Committee has been airing ads that try to paint Chandler as a supporter of Obama Administration policies viewed as harmful to the coal industry and of casting votes that increased the national debt.

The Chandler campaign countered with an attack ad accusing Barr of "looking out for wealthy people" by wanting to cut taxes for millionaires while weakening Medicare.

Both campaigns, plus some outside groups, have plenty of money to continue the ad war through the Nov. 6 election.

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