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Fri May 4, 2012
6th District Congressional Candidates Talk Money
LEXINGTON, KY. - At an appearance in Lexington this week, Kentucky's 6th District Congressman Ben Chandler said he worries Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United will inject too much money into the upcoming election, especially the presidential race.
"It's going to be a race probably unlike any that we've seen in this country. I'm sure more money will be spent on this race than any presidential race in the history of the country, which I don't think is a good thing I wish we could get the money out of it somehow," Chandler said.
Chandler could square off against Republican Andy Barr again this November. The Lexington attorney came within 648 votes of unseating Chandler in 2010. The GOP frontrunner says he stands behind the Citizens United decision.
"I think that the Supreme Court is properly interpreting the first amendment to allow citizens and interest groups to participate in the process," Barr says.
It remains unknown what effect recent redistricting could have on the race. So far polls show Chandler with an edge over Barr, but Barr contends that Democrats are running at a disadvantage as long as unemployment remains high.