Big names back Kentucky Senate candidates

Big names back Kentucky Senate candidates

NORTHERN KENTUCKY (FOX19) - Election Day is Tuesday and Kentucky Senate candidates are making the final push for votes in one of the most intense races in the nation.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was in northern Kentucky on Saturday in support of Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is facing Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

While Clinton spoke to a large crowd at NKU's Bank of Kentucky Center, Ohio Senator Rob Portman finished up a rally for McConnell at the Kenton County Republican Party headquarters.

“Here we are in the 21st century and women are still not getting equal pay for equal work. It's not only a women's issue, it's a family issue, it's a fairness issue, it's an economics issue," Clinton said in her speech. Bill Clinton also appeared on Grimes' behalf last week in Louisville

Despite big-name political backers, Grimes is down by five points in a recent

. Her campaign

they're continuing to believe the race is a “dead heat” despite the poll numbers.

Plenty is at stake in Kentucky's Senate race, especially its potential to impact the balance of power on Capitol Hill. Republicans only need six seats to gain control of the Senate, making McConnell the majority leader and keeping his three decades of experience.

On the flip side, Grimes would be the first woman elected a US Senator in Kentucky.

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