Flake, Carmona in tight race for US Senate seat - Tucson News Now

Flake, Carmona in tight race for US Senate seat

PHOENIX (KPHO/AP) -

Republican Jeff Flake and Democrat Richard Carmona are competing for the U.S. Senate vacated by retiring Sen. Jon Kyl.

Flake is a six-term congressman.

Carmona was surgeon general under President George W. Bush.

In a tight race, Flake ran an ad in which an ex-boss of Carmona says he has personality shortcomings related to anger, ethics and women.

Carmona countered Flake's ad, presenting favorable testimonials both on-air and in-person from women whom he's worked with and for.

Carmona denied the former boss' years-old accusation that he went to her home at night and angrily pounded on her door.

Flake's campaign responded by releasing a statement in which a former colleague of the ex-boss vouches for her honesty.

Libertarian Marc Victor, a criminal defense lawyer who served in the U.S. Marines, is also in the race.

Copyright 2012 CBS 5 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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