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McConnell Brings Back the Bloodhounds for Closing Week in Kentucky (Video)

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell is calling out the dogs — but this time there's some fun involved. The Senate minority leader's campaign for re-election in Kentucky launched a new ad Monday evening that features McConnell surrounded by bloodhounds. It harkens back to his very first Senate campaign, when he upset Democrat Walter Dee Huddleston in 1984. With McConnell facing a competitive race against Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, the current secretary of state, he's unveiling a more light-hearted ad for the final week, which was featured on local news in Louisville Monday evening. "You know, a lot of people try to tell me how to do my commercials," McConnell says in the ads, which features the Republican leader in a variety of preposterous situations and also features a talking baby. www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0GB6lKH0pw It closes with McConnell and a bunch of more friendly bloodhounds than the ones from 30 years ago. During the 1984 campaign, McConnell criticized Huddleston's voting record, attendance and travel, with a pack of bloodhounds out hunting for Huddleston in ads. "No wonder he's running from his record, but he can't run forever. We've got you now, Dee Huddleston," the narrator said in one of the 1984 spots. www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4-4EPc2xvU www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K4KOhlZR9s The Kentucky Senate race is rated Leans Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. Roll Call Election Map: Race Ratings for Every Seat Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.