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'Ugly' in the eye of the beholder

Ask most Kansans, and they will say that there was a lot of mud slung in GOP primaries for U.S. Senate and Congress. But ask the candidates, and they deny doing it and blame their opponents for any mudslinging. At his campaign rally Tuesday night, GOP 4th Congressional District primary winner Mike Pompeo said his campaign was "beautiful and hopeful," not ugly. But one of his opponents, Wink Hartman, who spent much of the campaign waist-deep in the mud, told a television reporter that "mudslinging obviously does work," referring to Pompeo's successful campaign. Another candidate, state Sen. Jean Schodorf, R-Wichita, noted that independent groups supporting Pompeo spent more money on negative advertising against her in the past week than her campaign spent the entire year.