Voters weigh in on impact of negative campaign material slamming candidates

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After negative campaigning turned up in the mailboxes of voters in the Hickman Mills and Kansas City school districts, the question now is what effect could this have on the results.

Some of the campaign mailers supported candidates while other slammed candidates. Voters tell us they research candidates before heading to the ballot box, but if history is any indication, negative campaigning still can play a role in the results.

"I think it's totally unnecessary," Ruth J. Williams said. "It is what it is and if you represent what you represent that's all you need to do. It doesn't need to be part of the game. It's childish."

Williams isn't alone. Many others we spoke with at polling places in the Hickman Mills School District agree.

"No, I don't like no one (sic) talking negative to me. If you can't talk positive I don't want to hear any negativity," Margaret Page said.

"I don't pay much attention to it. I try to listen to the people that I originally voted for," Steve Hillyer said.

Similar smear campaigns can't be connected to a legitimate organization. A spokesperson for the Missouri Ethics Commission said nothing has been filed yet regarding campaign literature in this race.

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