Kentucky's U.S. Senate race getting national attention

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Kentucky's U.S. Senate race has been hotly contested on both the Democratic and Republican sides.

All four Senate candidates are making last minute stops across the state Monday.

Nationally, there's a lot riding on each campaign.

Republican Jim Bunning's seat is open for the first time in 12 years and the Democrats want it back.

WKYT Political Editor Bill Bryant says the Republican race breaks down as the outsider versus the establishment.

"On the Republican side, Rand Paul is of national stature," Bryant said. "He is a barometer for the Tea Party movement. A lot of folks outside Kentucky are watching how that goes and Trey Grayson has been endorsed by Mitch McConnell."

Bryant says the fact the Democratic race between Daniel Mongiardo and Jack Conway is so close makes it interesting.

"People really have been tuned to this race over the last few weeks," Bryant said. Both candidates are articulate, they come across well on TV. Both are newlyweds and new fathers so sort of similar story lines there."

We caught up with each candidate as they prepared for election day, and each of them were confident.

While he was stumping in Bowling Green Monday evening, Rand Paul told the crowd "I'm not afraid to not win this election."

Trey Grayson said in Lexington "Our polls show this race in a dead heat. "

Daniel Mongiardo stopped by Lexington on his way home to Hazard saying "We feel great. The response we've gotten from all over the state is great."

Jack Conway says he'll be heading to Louisville after leaving Lexington. He said before stumping "Our polls show we sprung into the lead last week, so we feel all the momentum is on our side."

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