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McConnell, Grimes wage attacks over Reality Check

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates used a WAVE 3 News Reality Check to attack each other Thursday.

The back-and-forth started with an ad from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ campaign that features a retired coal miner from Eastern Kentucky named Don Disney.

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Grimes introduces Disney and says he hails from Cloverlick, Ky. After several looks at a map of Kentucky, Reality Check couldn’t find such a town and called Disney to ask about it.

Disney said that his address was in Cumberland, Ky., not Cloverlick, but also said that he and other residents refer to the rural area where he lives as “Cloverlick.”

While WAVE 3 News did not assign a rating of "true" or "false," Republicans pounced.

“Kentucky Senate Ad Claims Man Is From A Make-Believe Town,” read a tweet from Republican PAC America Rising.

 “Pain continues for (Grimes’) false ad,” tweeted Josh Holmes, senior adviser to Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign.

Grimes’ campaign shot back later Thursday, accusing McConnell’s campaign of suggesting that Disney didn’t know where he was from.

“McConnell let his Washington attack dogs loose on rural Kentuckians, attacking residents who identify with their local area,” read a press release from the Grimes campaign.

The election is Nov. 4.

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