Candidates expect another close congressional race

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

Lexington, Ky. (WKYT) - The clock is ticking and both candidates for Congress, Democrat, Ben Chandler and Republican, Andy Barr are spending the final days and hours leading up to Election Day meeting with Kentuckians.

Today, Representative, Chandler campaigned in Lexington, "Lexington is the key to the race. Over forty percent of the vote is in the district. And we all know how important Lexington is."

Chandler's challenger, Barr took his re-energizing Kentucky tour bus to eastern Kentucky today. He stopped in Menifee and Wolfe County,
"We see a need for a leader in congress who is going to fight for coal jobs. Our economy is struggling, 23 million Americans are looking for work. What we need to do is have an advocate in Congress, who's going to fight for these coal jobs."

Both candidates admit the controversial campaign advertisements have taken a toll on their families.

"It's really hard. It's hard on the family to endure difficult TV ads that are not true, that misrepresent my record and my position on the issues," says Barr.

"It's been emotional for me this time. And it's been tough on the family because of all of the negative ads. I can tell you it's been very tough on my wife and children," says Chandler.

Its round two for these candidates, who both recognize that it's bound to be another tight race.

"I feel great. This is the rematch of the third closest congressional race in the country. I feel like we've got momentum and we are doing great, " adds Barr.

"We expect it to be close again. I don't know whether it will be that close. We just don't know, " Chandler adds.


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