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06/05/2014 05:49 pm ET Updated Jun 05, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Almost Used Ukrainian Model In Coal Mining Ad

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), who's looking to oust Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the November 2014 midterm elections, had an ad that featured a stock photo of a Ukrainian model posing as a coal miner, according to an article in Politico on Thursday.

The ad was originally emailed to the campaign's press list with a stock photo taken by Ukrainian photographer Viktor Gladkov. The model's photo was not used in the print version of the same ad.

A spokesperson for the Grimes campaign said “the ad never ran [in newspapers] because the design firm made a mistake in the template.”

The original ad said "President Obama and Washington Don't Get It ... Alison Grimes Does." It featured another quote that said "As Kentucky's next U.S. Senator, I will work across the aisle with Republicans and Democrats to save coal jobs and fiercely oppose anyone who works against Kentucky's coal industry. Stand with me."

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The ad that was featured in newspapers uses a photo taken by American photographer Alan Bailey.

McConnell's campaign responded to the Grimes campaign with a press release and this tweet:

The ad comes after Grimes accused President Barack Obama's Environmental Protection Agency of "targeting Kentucky coal with pie in the sky regulations that are impossible to achieve."

HuffPost Pollster has McConnell leading Grimes ahead of this fall's general election:

UPDATE: 6:49 p.m. -- Grimes' campaign noted that McConnell also has used stock imagery in his campaign.

Grimes spokesman Preston Maddock sent the following statement to HuffPost:

By the McConnell campaign's logic, his support for the Second Amendment is so fake he has to rely on a hunter from Denmark and a gun from Slovenia to prove he is more than just a CPAC laugh line. Evidently Mitch McConnell's team would rather drum up a fake scandal about an ad that did not run than admit their mistake and talk about the issues important to Kentuckians.

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