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State Senate Candidates Spar Over TV Ads

Candidates in a contentious state Senate race are scuffling over a new TV ad with a little more than one week to go before the election.

Republican candidate Ralph Alvarado, a doctor, tried to get an ad by Democratic state Sen. R.J. Palmer removed because he said it altered courtroom footage to imply he unlawfully prescribed $3,000 worth of oxycodone to a criminal defendant. Alvarado's attorney, Chad Meredith, says video from the court hearing is clear the defendant had a valid prescription from Alvarado for Oxycontin.

The Palmer campaign said the ad is still airing. Palmer spokesman Dale Emmons said Alvarado is trying to detract from the fact he opposed a prescription drug abuse bill in 2012.

Palmer, the Senate minority floor leader, defeated Alvarado in a close race in 2010.