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10.23.04

Do political ads help voters decide?

"There's too much bashing and I just don't want to hear it," said Wendy Miles, who will hit the poles on November 2nd. "I've already made up my mind to who I am going to vote for and it doesn't help. It turns me the other way.

Wilmington resident Jeff Johnson said the ads don't sway his vote.

"For most part the candidates are really not discussing their views, the issues or their plan of attack for the future," Johnson said.

Jayson Vester, a student at UNCW, said he tries to ignore the negative campaigning.

"I'd rather hear 'I'm going to do this' and why should I vote for you, instead of mudslinging," Vester said.

It's not just the candidates who are going on the offensive. The North Carolina Republican Executive Committee recently sent out a mailing. It backs state senate candidate Woody White and talks about campaign cash his opponent, Julia Boseman, received from a gay and lesbian organization.

But the flyer backfired with one voter.

"I've been looking at both (candidates) and really reviewing their record," said Wilmington resident Jeff Hovis. "When I got something like this that was so over the edge ... it almost swayed me away from him. And it may have totally changed my opinion of who I am going to vote for."

Hovis has ten days to decide, and like many voters, he'll be turning off the ads and turning to candidates' records.

Reported by Sara Straeten
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