But both sides insist they are angels, focused solely on positive campaigning, while besieged by the opposition's dirty tricks.

"There seems to be a lot more intensity behind the scenes" than in past races, says Walsh. "The personal stuff that's happening, I wish it wasn't. It's unfair to both Frank and John."

"I try not to even pay attention to any of it," Baker says. "My message is pretty clear: it's time for Dorchester to try and act as one."

O'Toole campaign staff likewise speak of ignoring the negative and running a clean campaign.

Ignoring the dirty deeds and allegations will be tough for everyone — with just two weeks left until the election, and general agreement that the race is too close to call, we likely haven't seen the worst of it yet.

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