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10/31/02

Campaign Signs Compete For Attention

They've become a fixture on the American political landscape. This week before the election, campaign signs are in full bloom.

Some call them a vital part of voter decision making. Others see the signs as nothing but campaign clutter.

They wave at drivers alongside busy Highway 90. Not the candidates, but their signs. Just a few days from the election, these political reminders are popping up everywhere.

We found one sign prominently posted outside a beach front estate. Another somehow found a home in the pile of fill dirt near a city construction crew.

"I think it gives an idea of who people are choosing to vote for and who they support and their activity with the campaign and just the fact they care enough to do that is important to me," explained one voter, who doesn't mind the political messages.

Another voter questioned the effectiveness of the signs.

"People know who they're going to vote for. I already know who I'm going to vote for. The signs don't mean nothing," he said.

One thing you've probably noticed about campaign signs: where you find one sign, you'll more than likely find a group. Especially in heavily traveled areas like along Highway 49 in downtown Gulfport. The candidates say it's all about reaching as many voters as possible, with one thing in mind.

Circuit clerk Gayle Parker is a veteran of three campaigns. She says signs are essential for the lesser known candidates.

"Especially those people who are first running and do not have name recognition. It is very, very important to make sure they do get those signs out there," she said.

The sign competition is well underway. Candidates can only hope voters will make a name connection in the voting booth this Tuesday.

By Steve Phillips

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