And it doesn't get more down and dirty than this.
In New Mexico, Latina women say Republicans sent a private investigator to their home raising questions about their legal status, in an obvious effort to scare them out of voting.
In othe places, fliers are being sent to minority neighborhoods saying that Democrats are scheduled to vote on Wednesday -- meaning, of course, that anyone who took the fliers seriously would show up when the election was over.
One of the crudest displays was the distribution of "food stamp" dollar bills with pictures of Barack Obama alongside images of watermelon, pork ribs and fried chicken. [See above image posted with an article by Michelle DeArmond of The Press-Enterprise.]
It's almost as if the days of the Old South and the Dixiecrats are being resurrected.
Pundits have been referring to the current era as the "post racial" America, and in many ways it is.
But there are still many hidebound and, let's say it, racist Americans out there, not to mention amoral political operatives, who will do anything to try to win.
(Read an MSNBC story about "Onslaught of dirty tricks as election day nears.")