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Midterm election ads strike increasingly negative tone
Midterm election ads strike increasingly negative tone

As Democrats and Republicans wrestle for control of the Senate, voters are facing an onslaught of political ads around the country that are striking an increasingly negative tone, even more so than in past election cycles. From the end of August to Sept. 11, analysts at the Wesleyan Media Project found, Democrats were beginning to catch up in volume with Republicans, who had maintained an edge with ads favoring their candidates over the summer months. Over the short span, there were 34,000 pro-Democratic ads aired during that period compared with 29,000 ads favoring Republicans. With Republicans trying to pick up six seats to gain control of the Senate, and Democrats battling to defend...

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