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McConnell set to debate Democratic rival McGrath in Kentucky

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Kentucky voters will get their first, and probably solely, likelihood to see a debate between Republican Senate chief Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Amy McGrath after they meet Monday night for a socially distanced encounter.The hourlong debate might be aired on Gray Television’s Kentucky-based stations. It comes near the top of a big-spending marketing campaign that has been waged in distance, with the 2 sparring in hard-hitting TV advertisements. McConnell, who’s searching for a seventh time period, has constantly led in polling.The rivals will debate at WKYT, and the Lexington station took numerous precautions in response to the coronavirus. Kentucky is within the midst of one other spike of COVID-19 circumstances.During the talk, solely the moderator and candidates might be within the studio, which makes use of robotic cameras, stated WKYT information director Robert Thomas. They might be a minimum of 20 toes (6 meters) from each other, and plexiglass shields might be on the perimeters of the candidates’ desks, he stated.Previewing the talk, McConnell stated final week there might be “no notes, no props, no viewers” — only a moderator asking them questions. McGrath has stated “it’s essential for voters to have the chance to listen to immediately from candidates.” The two have wrangled over debates for weeks.The debate comes a day earlier than early in-person voting begins throughout Kentucky forward of the Nov. three election, and as many Kentuckians fill out absentee ballots.The first in-person showdown was delayed partly by the pandemic and scheduling choices.McConnell and McGrath would have squared off on the Fancy Farm picnic in early August, which historically kicks off the autumn marketing campaign in Kentucky, however the political speeches had been canceled this yr due to the pandemic. In late August, McConnell attended a discussion board by the Kentucky Farm Bureau however McGrath skipped the occasion.The pandemic disrupted one other high-stakes Senate race final week. Hours earlier than a scheduled debate in South Carolina between U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, occasion organizers modified the format to back-to-back, one-on-one interviews.

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