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Campaign confusion around Southern Illinois

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Campaign confusion around Southern Illinois
By: Arnold Wyrick

With just a month away from the November general election, many voters in Southern Illinois can't make heads or tails out of the two candidates running for governor.  Southern Illinois University Professor John Jackson says that's because there's been more finger pointing, than talking about the issues.

"Well unfortunately this campaign has been more about negative publicity, charges and counter charges, then it's been about the issues out there.  But certainly who ever looks most like George Ryan seems to have dominated in this particular campaign season," Jackson said.

Some voters who would really like to hear the candidates talk about the issues, say all they're getting is better left at the curbside.

"Well it leaves us in the black you know because it's all garbage, that ones cutting down the other one.  And we don't know the difference whether they're right, wrong, or whatever.  But I say they're wrong," says Jack Thornton of Carbondale.

All of the bickering back and forth publicly amongst Governor Rod Blagojevich, and Judy Barr Topinka is leaving many voters confused about who to vote for, come election day.

"I don't know if people will just not be able to make up their mind, because they really don't know.  They just know the bad things about the candidates, instead of hearing about what they can do for us.  Maybe a lot of people will say they don't know who to vote for," says Dorothy Bishop of Carbondale.

Jackson points out that all of the mud slinging could leave voting booths empty on November 7th. "I'm afraid it's fairly negative at this point.  They've both spent a lot of time tearing one another down. I would suspect that will have an impact on turnout.  Because the conventional wisdom is that if there's a lot of negativity, turnout tends not to be very great."

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