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Tracking the ads in Kentucky's heated 6th District race

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It's been a bitter race, getting only more heated as we get closer to Election Day.

The fight for Kentucky's 6th District has certainly been one swamping our station. You see ads for Congressman Ben Chandler and challenger Andy Barr each day.

But how much of what they're saying is in fact true?

If there's one thing to agree on in the race for Kentucky's 6th District, it's that each candidate wants to win badly.

"The closer it is, the more they fight," explains Herald-Leader Accountability Editor John Stamper.

WKYT Political Editor Bill Bryant notes, "it's an ugly race. Television has made it an uglier race this year. People have run over the top ads."

Those ads brought to you by Congressman Ben Chandler and Andy Barr are what WKYT is now picking apart.

Who's right and who's wrong?

Both candidates claim their opponent is tough on seniors.

"Both sides want you to interpret that the other side would hurt the elderly with their votes, or with their stands," explains Bryant.

Barr claims Chandler voted to cut Medicare twice. The facts we found - the congressman did not vote for President Obama's Affordable Care Act in 2010, the act that includes some cuts to Medicare, but he also hasn't voted to repeal it since.

"It's true that Obamacare does slow the growth of Medicare spending, but if you're saying that those cuts are gonna hurt seniors, that's a little more difficult to prove," explains Stamper.

What about those coal mining commercials?

"It is true that a couple thousand jobs in the mining industry in Kentucky have been lost this year," says Stamper, "but when you talk to the economists and the industry analysts about why that is, they'll tell you that the reason those jobs have been lost is because we had a warm winter last year, so there are large stock piles of coal, and natural gas is cheap because they've found ways to drill and get more natural gas out of the ground and that affects the price of coal."

And Chandler's claims that Barr lied about police charges and was involved in a corruption scandal?

"Barr himself was never found to do anything wrong there, but he was assistant general counsel for Governor Fletcher and he was actively involved in the administration. And that's fair game I guess," explains Stamper.

The accountability editor goes on to say, "it sounds bad to say he has a criminal record, but then when you look into it ... well he was charged with using a fake ID when he was 19 in Florida on Spring Break. I think people cut you a bit of slack on that kind of thing."

Election Day is this Tuesday.

Tune in to WKYT for coverage and election results throughout the night.


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