Kentucky politics gets a side order of barbecue


MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — The annual picnic at Fancy Farm, Kentucky, always serves up a main dish of politics along with a side of delicious barbecue.

And this year voters will get a rare glimpse of Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates standing side by side as they face armies of hecklers trying to get them off their talking points.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes, will share the same stage for only the second time. One of the most-watched races in the country, it could weigh heavily on which party controls the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama's term.

Their tightly scripted, crowd-controlled campaigns could go anywhere during their appearances Saturday along with other political speakers at the 134th annual picnic.

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