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Counter Points is written by WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson. In it, he shares insights on political news on the local, state and national level that impacts the 2020 election. Counter Points is delivered once a week on Wednesdays and will cease publication soon after the November election is decided.

McConnell-McGrath Race Is Expensive, But Is It Close?

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Both candidates in Kentucky U.S. Senate race this year have raised boat loads of cash, with Democratic challenger Amy McGrath setting a record in the most recent quarter's reporting.

But is all that money making a difference in the race?

Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate Majority Leader, is confident that voters will send him back for his seventh six-year term, and polls seem to agree with that sentiment. McConnell argues that his leadershio role allows Kentucky to "punch above its weight" in national politics, and that if he were to lose, all leadership posts in the House and Senate would be held by lawmakers from California and New York.

McGrath, though, argues that Kentucky has little to show for McConnell's rise in Washington. She was in Covington and Independence in recent days, opening a campaign field office and encouraging early voters as she eyes a surprise upset on Election Day.

McConnell and McGrath talk with Cincinnati Edition's Michael Monks about issues in the race, where it stands, and why voters should cast their ballots for them.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.