The three major candidates for U.S. Senate in this month's Republican primary turned their attention to social issues Monday, at a debate in Eagle River hosted by the local conservative Christian group Alaska Family Action.

Senate hopefuls Joe Miller, Mead Treadwell, and Dan Sullivan each made their case to a crowd of nearly 200 people, arguing why their conservative views on gay marriage, abortion, and health care were most deserving of support in the Aug. 19 GOP primary -- even as Democrats simultaneously launched attacks arguing that those views would be out of touch with the voters in November's general election.

Both sides see those views as a winning issue.

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