In Kentucky’s Senate race, coal is where the heart is

Coal has assumed out-sized importance in the upcoming election as a devastating sequence of mine shut downs and job losses in eastern Kentucky have put the region up for grabs

If there is a war on coal, the two contenders for Kentuckys Senate seat are, somewhat improbably for the most contentious and expensive race this fall, both solidly on the same side.

Coal mining is locked in a death spiral in eastern Kentucky, but there is still a huge emotional and cultural attachment to the industry.

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