Grimes Doubles Down on Vote Secrecy In Kentucky Senate Debate

Given the opportunity to clarify whether she voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012, the Democratic Senate nominee cited her constitutional right to keep mum.

Minority Leader U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) rehearse with host Bill Goodman before Monday's debate.

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Citing a "constitutional right" to keep her vote secret, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic nominee for Senate, again declined to say who she voted for in the 2008 and 2012 elections. 

"I'm not going to compromise a constitutional right provided here in Kentucky in order to curry favor on one or other side, or for members of the media," Grimes said during Monday night's debate in Lexington in response to repeated questions from Kentucky Educational Television's moderator Bill Goodman. "I'll protect that right for every Kentuckian." 

For Grimes, the comments represented a double-down on an issue that has come front and center in the campaign in recent days. For McConnell, it was a line of questioning his campaign craftily made sure to keep center stage with this ad released the morning of the debate:

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