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Many voters undecided going into June 3 primaries

Many voters say they grow tired of attack ads in this election. (Source: WBRC video) Many voters say they grow tired of attack ads in this election. (Source: WBRC video)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Just two days ago, many voters were still undecided about Alabama's primary elections.

One political expert says Tuesday's vote is critical because of the way the districts have been drawn.

"Tuesday is going to be the most important day of this election, whether you're a Democrat or Republican. This is where Alabama picks their elected officials. We don't do it in November," said UAB professor and political expert Larry Powell.

And candidates know it. Political ads are airing all over TV, but how are these ads sitting with voters? Some will tell you not well at all.

"Everybody is being ugly. It all turns me off to everybody. I really don't want to go vote," Laura Brookhart of Shelby County said.

"They're really sniping at each other is how I feel," Linda Gancy agreed.

Powell is not surprised by voter's reactions. He says this has been one of the strangest elections he's seen.

"Everybody is against Obama, everybody is against health care and that's been the basis of the campaign. There's been very little discussion on issues that affect voters," said Powell.

Powell says all this talk won't add up to much.

"There's not much they can really do about it if they're elected in Alabama. Most of the offices are not connected to it in anyway, but that doesn't stop them from talking about it," Powell said.

So why are candidates choosing this route?

"It plays well with the base. You talk about Obama, talk against Obama, talk against health care act and you are on good grounds with the Republicans base," Powell explained.

But that doesn't mean the negative ads sit well with voters.

"In Alabama it really is about attacking Obama. I see that everywhere. I don't get it," Brookhart said.

"It's the language they're using, just fight Obamacare. There are so many other things we need to focus on our attention on," Valton Johnson said.

Johnson would like to see candidates talk about the real issues.

The race Powell says to watch for on Tuesday is Alabama's 6th Congressional District race. Powell is confident this race will go into a runoff.

"I really expect Paul Demarco to be the leading candidate, but I don't know who is going to be in the runoff with him. That's going to be some chaos and uncertainty as we wait for the results to come in," Powell said.

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