Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Negative Campaigns Produce Record Numbers of Voters?

Writing for an NRO symposium providing brief post-mortems on the election, Ed Morrissey points out that an unprecedented number of voters turned out for a non-presidential election and suggests that this indicates that Democrats are beginning to match Republican voter mobilization efforts.
The high turnout also points out the fallacy of the notion that negative advertising suppresses voter turnout. This election cycle included an enormous number of entirely negative ads that didn't even mention the name of the candidate being supported. Yet, voter turn out was high for a midterm election.


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