Republican incumbent Alice Forgy Kerr's voting record has become a key point of controversy in the waning days of the 12th District state Senate race in Lexington.
A television ad in support of Democratic challenger Don Blevins features an empty chair and contends that Kerr has missed "175 votes on some of the most important issues of the day."
The ad, paid for by the Kentucky Democratic Party, points to a Web site created by the Blevins campaign called Alicesmissedvotes.com, which lists each missed vote.
But Kerr, who was elected to the state Senate in 1999, said in an e-mail that the ad misrepresents her voting record. She said that KentuckyVotes.org, the source of the information in the ad, is not accurate because it does not reflect the paperwork she filed to record her votes at a later date.
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"I've cast 3,845 floor votes representing Fayette County in the Senate," Kerr said.
Matt Erwin, a spokesman for the Kentucky Democratic Party, said the party focused on Kerr's missed votes because legislators are "elected for only one reason — to go to the state Capitol and vote."
Meanwhile, a national organization called the Republican State Leadership Committee has paid for a television ad in support of Kerr.
The ad says Kerr "stood firm" and blocked a billion dollars in new debt for Kentucky. Kerr said the ad is referring to House Bill 290, the failed budget bill during the 2010 regular session of the General Assembly. The House's version authorized $1.2 billion more in debt than the version that passed the Senate, she said.
The ad also said Kerr blocked a tax increase on Kentucky employers.
Kerr has represented the 12th District, which includes the southern half of Fayette County, since 1999 even though Democrats outnumber Republicans in it 40,260 to 32,242.
The 12th District race is considered a key battleground in this year's fight for control of the state Senate. Republicans now outnumber Democrats in the Senate 20-17, with one independent member who caucuses with the GOP.
Throughout the campaign, Kerr and Blevins have battled on a variety of issues, but none more than expanded gambling and state pensions for lawmakers.
On expanded gambling, Kerr opposes allowing slot machines at horse racetracks unless voters approve a constitutional amendment to allow them. Blevins supports allowing slots under the existing lottery laws.
On the pension issue, Blevins supports repealing the pension program for Kentucky's part-time lawmakers. Kerr has said the pension program should be reformed but not eliminated.
Both candidates spent Friday in high-profile situations.
Gov. Steve Beshear went door to door campaigning with Blevins in the Greenbrier subdivision off Winchester Road.
Kerr spoke at a Republican rally at the University of Kentucky in support of Republican Andy Barr, who is running for Central Kentucky's 6th Congressional District.