Many voters Tuesday expressed relief that a campaign season filled with record expenditures and negative political ads was drawing to an end.
With epic battles to replace Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and unseat Sen. Barbara Boxer drawing two wealthy former chief executives into the fray, the ubiquitous and often-negative campaigning had locals saying Tuesday they'd had enough.
Voters at polls in Burbank and Glendale singled out Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman as bearing much of the blame. The former EBay chief spent $141 million of her own money on a campaign that went on attack mode early on in the season.
"Anyone who spends millions and millions of her own money is suspect," Yadhira De Leon said after voting at Burbank City Hall.
Still, she said negative ads this year weren't all without merit.
"We want to know the dirt, not just the good, shiny stuff, too," De Leon said.
Local campaigns for the 43rd Assembly District and the 29th Congressional District have been relatively subdued compared with the larger state battles, in part because Democratic incumbents in both races enjoy a left-leaning electorate in their respective districts.