Political ads turn ugly

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Upwards of $8 million will be spent in the race for the 52nd Congressional District, and most of that money is being spent to trash the other candidate. Most of the ads are misleading, some are outright false as the slug-fest became personal.

So what do voters think?

In a random sample of voters in Clairemont we found a lot of disgust with both of these campaigns but partisan politics, and personal attack still seems to trump the issues.

Some comments from three men and three women outside the Walmart store in Clairemont about the partisan nature of this campaign.

“It seems to be just indicative of politics in general, the mud slinging becomes the least common denominator that people resort to, which is a shame,” said one voter.

“It doesn’t say anything to me particularly about these individuals. It tells me the sadness of our political system that is so polarized,” said another voter. 

“They just rip on the other guy, what he is doing wrong. What he is doing wrong, why don’t they tell what they are going to do right,” said a third voter. 

All of them are voters, all of them dislike the negative ads, yet they too express a partisan nature.

Elections are partisan affairs, but most voters would also like the candidates to listen, and respond to their concerns.

Vince Vasquez of National University’s Think Tank sees Clairemont and South University as the battleground precincts in this election.

This area had a majority vote to elect Peters to Congress, and a majority vote for Carl DeMaio in his uunsuccessfulrun for Mayor.

“When you put both those candidates into a partisan race, what is most important to them? Especially for those who voted for Peters two years ago. Are there enough qualities about Carl DeMaio for them to support him?” said Vasquez.

iNewsource reports as of yesterday five of the ten precincts with the highest return rates are in Coronado, and 23 have yet to return a single ballot.

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