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Ayotte, Hassan clash over taxes, terror in Senate debate

CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte and her challenger, Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan have clashed over everything from taxes, to immigration, to the Iran nuclear deal in the first debate in their hotly contested race.

The debate Friday at a packed conference room at the North Conway Grand Hotel in Conway was largely congenial, though both candidates took swipes at the other’s record. GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has loomed large over this race, was only mentioned a few times.

Polls continue to show the race in a dead heat and roughly $100 million in outside spending is expected to pour into the state by Election Day. Democrat Hillary Clinton is leading in the state over Trump. But Ayotte has kept the race close by playing up her moderate positions.


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