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Last Minute Dirty Tricks In Jackson Mayor's Race

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    It's getting downright dirty. Racially-tinged images and strategically placed signs, all part of a last ditch effort to influence the outcome of the bitter run-off race for Jackson mayor between Jonathan Lee and Chokwe Lumumba.

    Negative campaigning is a big turn-off for some voters.

    That's not stopping supporters of the campaigns from pushing, in at least one case, explosive literature to persuade voters who may undecided.

    One example of that is a flier, disguised as a wanted poster.

    It accuses Lumumba of being a "race traitor" for alleging snitching on blacks to police years ago.

    The assertion is patently false, according to Lumumba's camp.

    In the meantime, another handout has surfaced that claims Jonathan lee is a Rankin county Republican. It links Lee to former governor Haley Barbour and 2012 GOP presidential Mitt Romney.

    Lee has said several times that he's a Democrat, though Lee admits he has voted in at least one GOP primary.

    Both fliers turned up this weekend on car windows at churches in African American neighborhoods.

    Negative campaign tactics like these can be successful if they are based on the truth and if a candidate has the money to get out their message, says Democratic consultant Jere Nash.

    An ominous sounding sign, urging voters to go to the polls also has been popping up. The white placard with blue lettering reads "Vote May 21th, the future of Jackson depends on it."  

    But there's a twist. The signs are only posted in predominately white areas, Northeast, Belhaven and sections of Fondren, where Lee's support is strongest. There are no signs of the sign in largely black communities in west and south Jackson.

    Both campaigns deny they are involved in producing or distributing negative material about the other.    

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