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Sen-KY: Conway campaign’s stupid campaign ad backfires

By all accounts, Conway’s “Aqua Buddha” ad was a dud.  MSNBC reports:

Rand Paul’s (R) campaign team has polled Jack Conway’s (D) “Aqua Buddha” TV, and it suggests that the Conway ad has backfired on the Democrat.

Per the Paul poll that First Read obtained, more than 80% of Kentucky voters said they have heard of the Conway ad, which says that Paul belonged to a secret society while in college that called the Bible a “hoax,” and that he allegedly tied up a woman and made her bow down to the god “Aqua Buddha.”

Nearly 70% said the ad went too far, versus 31% who said it raised valid questions.

And get this: 45% of Kentucky voters (including 70% of Republicans, 53% of independents, and nearly 25% of Democrats) said the ad would make them more likely to vote for Paul. That’s compared with 26% (40% of Democrats, 19% of independents, and 9% of Republicans) who said it made them less likely to vote for him.

That poll was questioned by the Conway campaign as too biased towards Paul.  But the problem is that the results in a Mason-Dixon poll released earlier this week, shows that voters are turned off by the ad as well:

With less than two weeks to go before the Nov. 2 election, Republican Rand Paul holds a slim lead over Democrat Jack Conway in their race for the U.S. Senate, a new Kentucky Poll shows.

Paul, a favorite of the Tea Party movement whose campaign has focused on limited government, holds a 5 point lead over Conway among likely voters — 48 percent to 43 percent, with 9 percent undecided.

[…]

The number of undecided voters could reflect uncertainty about a TV ad Conway launched last weekend regarding Paul’s behavior in the 1980s as a member of a secret society at Baylor University called the NoZe Brotherhood, said University of Louisville political science professor Jasmine Farrier.

The ad, which has gotten mixed reaction from many Democrats, raised questions about Paul’s religious beliefs and referred to an anonymous woman who alleged Paul tied her up and forced her to worship a god called “Aqua Buddha.”

I implore the Conway campaign to continue putting out more venomous attack ads. 

RCP lists this race as a Toss Up with Paul ahead by 4.3 points over Conway.

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  1. October 31, 2010 at 8:31 PM

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