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Zelenik, Black intensify attacks as election day nears

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Middle Tennessee's nastiest primary race is a repeat from two years ago.

Diane Black and Lou Ann Zelenik are facing off for the 6th Congressional District, after Black narrowly defeated Zelenik in 2010 in a race that featured a slew of negative ads and even a lawsuit.

Fast forward two years, and it didn't take long for the race to get ugly again.

Zelenik moved to Mount Juliet for the rematch. Then, Black's campaign accused Zelenik of violating campaign finance laws and not really living in the district.

"I think their headline was despicable and disgusting," Zelenik said. "If you can't run on your voting record, you don't need to be running at all."

Zelenik's campaign and political action committees have taken aim at Black's voting record on the debt ceiling and continuing resolutions they said helped fund the federal health care law known as "Obamacare."

"Obviously, they are trying to take things and twist and turn them and confuse the voters. I think the voters are smarter than that," Black said.

And while both have their differences, the candidates both said Obamacare needs to go.

"It really is a bill that needs to go away. It really is bad medicine for health care. It's a disaster for our economy," Black said.

And they said there needs to be change in the tax structure.

"We can cut the corporate tax rate in half. Boom. What that would do to this economy, we will bring jobs back to America," Zelenik said.

And with the primary vote less than a week away, both candidates can see the light at the end of the campaign tunnel. They said they will be spending the next week doing everything they can to get their messages out to voters in the 6th District.

Early voting ends Saturday, and the primary election is Aug. 2.

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