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This is not the first time Paul critics have used the “Aqua Buddha” or have attacked a tea party candidate’s youthful indiscretions during the 2010 elections.

The college-prank story surfaced in August, with the anonymous alleged victim later recanting parts of the story.

The day after upsetting GOP establishment-backed candidate Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson in the Republican primary, Mr. Paul was grilled during national interviews about his views on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And liberals have repeatedly shown a TV clip of Delaware GOP Senate candidate and “tea party” favorite Christine O’Donnell saying 11 years ago that she “dabbled into witchcraft” while in high school.

Mr. Paul continues to lead in the race, 47 percent to 42 percent, according to poll averages. However, Mr. Conway has drawn closer in recent weeks, after trailing by double digits in some polls this summer and by 7 percentage points according to a mid-September poll by the Democrat-leaning Public Policy Polling group.

With 15 days remaining Monday before Election Day, Mr. Paul’s campaign reportedly took in $2.7 million for the three months ending Sept. 30, roughly $1 million more than reported by the Conway campaign. Mr. Paul reportedly has $1.4 million on hand, compared with roughly $1 million for Mr. Conway.