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Murray, Smiley hold second and final joint election event

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U.S. Senate candidates Patty Murray and Tiffany Smiley

The two U.S. Senate candidates from Washington answered questions from audience members at a town hall forum in Seattle.

The two candidates for a U.S. Senate seat from Washington held their final joint appearance at a Sunday evening town hall forum in Seattle. The questions came not from reporters but from members of the public.

See the entire forum here.

Just a week before Election Day, the Democratic incumbent Patty Murray made a final case for a sixth term in Congress and listed part of her agenda.

“I think it is imperative that we have stronger gun control. It is an issue facing many Americans. I believe really strongly that we protect the right of women to make their own health care choices. I believe we need to protect our democracy by passing the voting rights legislation," she said. "These are things that I know I bring to the United States Senate to fight for your vote, to fight for your values, to fight for what’s important to us, and I believe that I am the best voice to continue to do that for all of you.”

The Republican challenger Tiffany Smiley argued that she, not Murray, is the best person for the job.

“We see Washington state facing crisis after crisis. Senator Murray, the career politician, 30 years and only nine pieces of legislation that she signed in," she said. "No more. Washington state deserves a fighter, someone who will go fight and work and be the voice. I’ve been in all 39 counties across Washington state. I have heard your voices. I am here to deliver results, not just good intentions, but go take on Washington, D.C. for all of you.”

Polls have shown the race is close and one that will help determine which party controls the agenda in the U.S. Senate.

Sunday's forum was sponsored by KIRO-TV and the Washington Association of Broadcasters.