Five Weeks Out: Here Come the Negative Ads With elections less than five weeks away, House races around the country are heating up. And in many instances, they are also getting ugly. All Things Considered speaks with reporters at newspapers about races in North Carolina's 11th District, Colorado's 4th District, and Wisconsin's 8th District.

Five Weeks Out: Here Come the Negative Ads

Five Weeks Out: Here Come the Negative Ads

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North Carolina's 11th District

Wisconsin's 8th District

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With midterm elections less than five weeks away, House races around the country are heating up. And in many instances, things are getting ugly, as voters are confronted with negative ads.

North Carolina's 11th District House race pits incumbent Republican Charles Taylor against a high-profile Democratic challenger, former NFL quarterback Heath Shuler. In a district with a large number of unaffiliated voters, both parties are pumping money and volunteers into the campaign. Michele Norris talks with John Boyle, a senior writer at The Asheville Citizen-Times.

And in Colorado, Republican Marilyn Musgrave is being challenged for her House seat by Democratic state Rep. Angie Paccione. Melissa Block talks with Lynn Bartels, a political reporter for the Denver, Colo., The Rocky Mountain News.

An open House seat is up for grabs in Wisconsin, where Republican John Gard and Democrat Steve Kagen are vying to replace Republican Mark Green, who is running for governor. Michele Norris talks with Tony Walter, a columnist and editor at the Green Bay Press Gazette.