Throat cancer survivor speaks for McConnell in ads

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A throat cancer survivor quietly praises Sen. Mitch McConnell in two new ads, the first major buy of the Republican leader's re-election campaign.

Robert Pierce says in the spot that he was exposed to radiation while working at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and got cancer. He credits Kentucky's McConnell for ensuring cancer screenings and compensation for sick workers.

The campaign is investing in the mid-six figures on the ads.

The commercials come as McConnell faces a primary challenge from businessman Matt Bevin, who got the endorsement of the conservative group Freedom Works. The Senate Conservatives Fund and Madison Project also back Bevin.

McConnell is bidding not only for a sixth term but hoping to secure a Republican takeover of the Senate, where Democrats have the edge 55-45.

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