Boyda: Election Shows Power of Negativity

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Congresswoman Nancy Boyda says she tried to prove that she could win re-election to her 2nd District House seat without running attack ads against her opponent.

But instead, the defeated Kansas Democrat says her race against Republican Lynn Jenkins showed that the easiest way to win an election is by saying lots of bad things about your opponent -- even if they're not true.

Jenkins, the Republican Kansas state treasurer, beat Boyda 51 percent to 46 percent. Boyda said the margin shows "beyond a shadow of a doubt'' the capacity of negative campaigning to get votes.

Boyda told The Topeka Capital-Journal in her first extended interview since Election Day that "We will be the nationwide case history for why there has to be mudslinging, and the more the better.''

But a Jenkins spokesman attributed the Republican's victory to hard work on the campaign trail, a message of fiscal conservatism -- and a "better candidate.''


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