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The incident happened Monday night in Lexington right before a debate between Mr. Paul and Democratic opponent Jack Conway.

Lauren Valle of the liberal group MoveOn.org told Louisville station WDRB she was trying to give Mr. Paul a fake award when his supporters took her to the ground.

Television footage shows Miss Valle’s blonde wig being pulled off before she’s pinned to the ground. A man then puts his foot down on her head. Miss Valle said the incident left her with “a bit of a headache.”

A police watch commander said early Tuesday that she didn’t know if any arrests were made.

Mr. Paul’s campaign released a statement calling the altercation “incredibly unfortunate” and expressed relief that the woman was not injured.

“Violence of any kind has no place in our civil discourse and we urge supporters on all sides to be civil to one another as tensions rise heading toward this very important election,” the statement said.