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Daily Fix Poll: Is the NRSC's West Virginia ad offensive?

By Felicia Sonmez

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is pulling down its latest TV ad in the West Virginia Senate race after a report that the casting call for the spot, which was filmed in Philadelphia, sought actors sporting "a 'Hicky' Blue Collar look." (The ad is no longer available on YouTube.)

Democrats have come down hard on the ad. Before the NRSC announced that the spot was being taken off the air, Gov. Joe Manchin (D) called for his rival, businessman John Raese (R), to apologize, saying that "Raese and his special interest friends have insulted the people of West Virginia."

Candidates from both parties do use actors in their campaign ads all the time -- a point that Republicans have pointed out in defense of the West Virginia ad.

What's your take -- is the West Virginia spot offensive? Or is it just one of many ads to use scripts and actors?

By Felicia Sonmez  | October 7, 2010; 11:59 AM ET
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