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Remember how Elizabeth Dole lost her North Carolina Senate race after launching a "Godless" ad against her opponent?

Dole's campaign manager Marty Ryall writes for Politics Magazine thinks the two shouldn't be linked together, and he why they took the Hail Mary approach. Ryall's explanation has little to do with religion or faith and everything to do with poll numbers.

The second ad is still on YouTube:

Ryall explains how they debated over what graphics and voiceovers to use for the ad.

The ?rst draft of the "Godless" ad had a picture of Kay Hagan at the end with a graphic that read "What was she thinking?" and a voiceover that said "There is no God." I objected to that because it looked like we were answering the question for her, and that she was thinking there is no God. The group agreed. The next version dropped the graphic, but still had the voice saying, "There is no God." The voice in the ad is the executive director of the Godless American's PAC on a TV appearance with Bill O'Reilly.It ...
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