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Science  26 Oct 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6106, pp. 456-461
DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6106.456

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A special Focus package examines the science-related issues facing the next U.S. president and, for the few that have been featured in the campaign, the positions the candidates have taken on them. Next month's election will also determine the makeup of Congress for the next 2 years, so we bring you one House of Representatives race in which federal science policy is receiving an unusual amount of attention. Another story explores new research on negative advertising, a reviled but increasingly popular mode of trying to influence voters. And we also look at a passel of state initiatives appearing on the ballot that affect the scientific community, including a hotly contested proposal in California to label genetically modified foods.