Voters Chafe at Mudslinging

The fight over several of Tennessee’s Congressional seats turned ugly this election season. As voters go to the polls today, some say the mudslinging tarnished their opinion of candidates who went on the attack.

In the 4th Congressional district, incumbent Democrat Lincoln Davis unearthed documents from his challenger’s divorce proceedings that paint the picture of a man with violent temper. Republican Scott DesJarlais responded by calling Davis dishonest and refusing to share the stage at a debate last week.

Columbia resident Kiana Mastella says she didn’t like the negative turn.

“It kind of just scares me against both parties because I thought everybody knows right from wrong, either you’re the best man or you’re not, but when they show that ugly side it makes you wonder, ‘is this really the best man?’”

Mastella says ultimately she decided to stick with her usual practice of voting for Democrats straight down the ticket. But she says the negative ads made her think twice about that strategy this year.

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