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FIRST PERSON | It's 6 p.m. on Monday, and the polls in Arizona open in 12 hours. So, I'm watching Arizona Nightly News on Phoenix's NBC affiliate, Channel 12. wondering what Election Day will bring.
Arizona is not a swing state, so no rallies or massive crowds gather near my home. Also, long lines are not expected since, according to Channel 12, 750,000 early ballots have already been returned to the Maricopa County Elections Department. Mine is filled out, and I'm dropping it in the box tomorrow before work.
The election information that upsets my family, friends, and me are the political TV ads that have dominated the air over the last few weeks.
During Arizona Nightly News, 19 total commercials were aired. Among those, 17 were political.
Romney aired some ads with former Obama voters stating reasons while they are changing their votes to Romney. As the night went on, more of these aired.
Arizona Senatorial candidates Republican Jeff Flake and Democrat Richard Carmona led all ads with seven ads. Each candidate, of course, will tell voters why they are the best choice, while their other ads focused on making their opponent look incompetent. One Flake ad portrayed Carmona banging on the door at night while a Carmona ad used Arizona Republican Senators John McCain and John Kyl speaking highly of Carmona. However, this ad used quotes from 2002 as McCain and Kyl were approving Carmona for the Surgeon General. Another Flake ad shows McCain and Kyl telling voters that Carmona is not their choice.
Arizona District 9 had the second highest amount of ads as candidates Democrat Krysten Sinema and Tea Party member Vernon Parker fight it out. Six ads for this race aired, and these ads have the most inflammatory language. One Parker ad reminded voters that Sinema called herself a "Prada Socialist" while Parker was referred to as having "narrow minded religious views." These ads really bother me since I live in District 3, and have not heard a single ad from any District 3 candidate.
The election will be over, and hopefully, those who win will take their place and lead our country forward.
I'll be glad it's over, so the commercials can return to normal.
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