Senate hopefuls to be together for first time at Fancy Farm

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Rand Paul, Jim Gray

ADAM BEAM
Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates will make their first appearance together at the rowdy Fancy Farm political picnic amid a turbulent national election year.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and Democratic Lexington Mayor Jim Gray are both scheduled to face the raucous crowds in Fancy Farm, where thousands of people have gathered every year since 1880 at St. Jerome Parish to eat pork, play Bingo and watch to see how politicians deliver a speech while being peppered with boos and insults from at least half the crowd.

It will be Gray’s first appearance in the shaded pavilion as the mayor of Kentucky’s second largest city is making his first bid for statewide office. Paul, who is finishing up his first term in the U.S. Senate, is a Fancy Farm veteran.

 

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