Negative campaigning has more voters looking for an alternative in the US Senate race

Monday, October 25th 2004, 6:54 am
By: News On 6

Negative campaign ads may be taking a toll on voters in the US senate race in Oklahoma.

One recent poll shows Democrat Brad Carson up by seven points over challenger Tom Coburn. But there is a third party independent candidate, Sheila Bilyeu who’s doubled her numbers.

Political ad expert Dr. Kim Gaddie: "Even though she's in the single digits the numbers have gone up. That's saying a lot I think that's showing people are turned off by these negative ads and they want a third option."

Bilyeu has been quoted as saying the government implanted a radio receiver in her head. Despite that, the experts say she could still get votes from those who are turned off by the mudslinging between Carson and Coburn.