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Study: Romney, Obama both get negative coverage

A new study shows both presidential candidates receive negative press coverage

US President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney debate on October 16, 2012 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Undecided voters asked questions during a town hall format. (Photo credit STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) - A study finds that press coverage of President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney has been largely negative in the campaign's final weeks.

The Pew Research Center's Project on Excellence in Journalism finds that coverage of Obama turned sharply negative after the first presidential debate. Overall coverage of his campaign has been slightly more positive than that of Romney since the party conventions.

The study finds that 19 percent of stories about Obama have been positive, 30 percent have been negative and 51 percent have been mixed. Fifteen percent of stories about Romney have been positive, 38 percent have been negative and 47 percent have been mixed.

Romney's worst coverage came in September, after his response to the deaths of U.S. diplomats in Libya and his "47 percent" comments.

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