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California GOP Ad Busted for Misleading Voters

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The California Republican Party agreed Wednesday to correct a potentially misleading ballot box ad circulating in the Bay Area after a campaign tracker found a similar ad early the next morning in its far western backyard.

The voters’ guide is inaccurate, campaign handlers said — and the campaign promptly removed it from YouTube on Tuesday. But the misleading part stuck, and voters found it Wednesday morning in Lake County.

On both sides of the political divide, they said it contained deceptive misstatements about the demographics of support for the presidential candidate they prefer.

The ads, created by the California Republican Party, misidentified Alabamians and Maricans as Republican voters. The Lake County version used the phrase “Montana” to suggest support among West Virginians.

Eugene Tomlinson, the party chairman, said he sent the video in question from the party’s headquarters to the state election office in Sacramento with a note explaining its errors — and asked for correction. He said that he has heard similar concerns about earlier ads, though he did not specify whether they contained the same misinformation.

“We took down the clip and made it really clear to our people that we should be accurate,” he said. “We encourage all the participants to stay on message.”

Kaj Larsen, a spokesman for the Democratic Party of California, said: “California Republicans have proved themselves to be a bunch of tricksters, but at least they’re honest.”

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