NC third grader fed up with negative political ads; writes letter to Hagan and Tillis

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RALEIGH, N.C. – A North Carolina third grader has had it with negative political ads.

WTVD-TV reported that 8-year-old Carson Park wrote a letter to Senate candidates Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis, asking why their ads say “mean things about each other.”

Park said the ads should be focusing instead on what they’re going to do for us.

The girl said watching the ads makes her sad, and would discourage her from voting. “You don’t know what they’re really like,” she said of the candidates.

Hagan and Tillis are facing off in one of the most hotly contested Senate races in the country. More than $100 million has been spent on mostly negative TV ads.

Election day is Tuesday. Hagan has a very slim lead in the polls, although they are nearly even.

It could be one of the nation’s closest battles and is the 2014 cycle’s most expensive Senate race with $72 million of that coming from outside groups.

The race could be key to Republicans’ efforts to pick up at least six seats and win control of the Senate.

Park is a student at Vance Elementary in Raleigh, where her class is taking part in a program focused on creating a positive school climate.

Read full letter: The Raleigh News & Observer