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Jul 22, 2010 8:20 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Gender becoming issue in GOP senate race

A Senate candidate's joke about his female opponent was caught on tape and is getting attention online.

Republican Ken Buck is running against former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton for the Republican nomination. Asked at a conservative gathering last weekend why Republicans should choose him, Buck made a gender joke. Buck said, "Why should you vote for me? Because I do not wear high heels," to laughter from the crowd. A Buck spokesman said the candidate turned serious soon after - a portion not on the tape.

Norton has brought up gender, too. She tells campaign crowds she'd better appeal to women and in a recent ad blasted independent ads against her, saying -- quote -- "You'd think Ken would be man enough to do it himself."

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