2 sides target Mitch McConnell in Ky. Senate race

US Senator Mitch McConnell.
US Senator Mitch McConnell. David R. Lutman for The Boston Globe

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell is the top Republican in the Senate, making him the most visible target of both Democrats and archconservatives from around the country who see him as the face of all that is wrong with Washington.

Democrats shout dysfunction while conservatives in the Tea Party movement say he is not pure enough. The sight of this powerful man zigging and zagging, with party control of the US Senate hanging in the balance, has made his race for survival the most anticipated election in the country this year.

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