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Best and worst ads in this year's U.S. Senate races
Best and worst ads in this year's U.S. Senate races

It's autumn in an even-numbered year, time for the hard-fought playoffs in our national sport. I am speaking, of course, about congressional elections. If you live in one of the 11 states with a close race for the U.S. Senate, you already know this. Your television screen has been flooded with political advertising for months. And it's nasty this year — even nastier than usual. The nonpartisan Wesleyan Media Project analyzed thousands of Senate commercials across the country last month and found that 74% included negative information about one of the candidates, a higher number than the same research group found in either 2010 or 2012. In one contest —...

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