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Most GA. races pretty tame...

October 6, 2006

Albany -- Election day is November 7th. That means you can expect to see even more political advertisements in the next few weeks. And as always, some of them will be negative attack ads.  

Every other commercial seems to be a campaign ad, but political experts say most Georgia races have been pretty tame so far. "An overwhelming majority says, it's got to be more than what it is now, that it's too nice, and it's just too nice of a campaign, that if you want to win you really have to fire the shots,"  says ASU Political Science Prof. Dr. Kwame Dankwa.

The one nasty race is the crucial 8th District Congressional contest between Democratic Representative Jim Marshall and his Republican Challenger Mac Collins.  It's because not much money is available for state races.

 "I was on a conference call recently and that was exactly the message, that it's been kind of quiet," said Rep. Ed Rynders of lee County. "Now if you're looking for insight on the reason for that quiet activity, well, we think at the state level, the Democratic party doesn't have a lot of money to spend."

Even the Governor's race, has been about each candidates record. Sonny Perdue's most recent ad predicts negative campaigns are on the horizon. Dukes,

"It is pretty much a rule of thumb, if you go into negative campaigning or if you go into campaigning revealing your opponents record, that it has an impact of about three percentage points or greater to his effort, but it also diminishes yours," said Democrat Rep. Winfred Dukes of Albany.

Perdue's lead in the polls may prompt the attack. "The things that surprised me is that the most recent poll was that the Governor was leading in all regions of the state and therefore I expect that the Lt. Governor is going to get extremely aggressive," said Rynders.

"Sooner or later someone is going to start firing the shots and I think Sonny has started and very soon we're going to hear a response from Mark Taylor," said Dankwa.

Republicans say that may be good because it forces voters to investigate a candidates record more closely.

Just today, Mark Taylor unveiled a new ad that criticizes a Sonny Perdue land deal. The Perdue campaign says the charges in the ad are false.

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