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Late election controversies and their impact on votes

(FILE) Sen. Richard Burr speaks with News 13 on Oct. 12, 2016. Burr is apologizing for remarks he made over the weekend where he's heard saying he was surprised there wasn't a bulls-eye on Hillary Clinton’s picture on a rifle magazine. News 13 went to WCU to talk with a political expert about how controversies this late in the election cycle impact votes. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

HAYWOOD-JACKSON COUNTIES, N.C. (WLOS) - North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr is apologizing for remarks he made over the weekend picked up on tape.

Burr could be heard saying he was surprised there wasn't a bulls-eye on Hillary Clinton’s picture on a rifle magazine.

"There was a copy of Rifleman on the counter. It's got a picture of Hillary Clinton on the front of it. I was a little bit shocked that it didn't have a bulls-eye on it,” Burr said.

Burr called his remarks inappropriate and apologized.

News 13 wondered whether these last minute election surprises, including more investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, have an impact on voters.

News 13 took the question to a political science professor at Western Carolina University.

“These last minute things make for great media fodder. They may move it at the margins. But they tend to not have large effects at the presidential level,” professor Chris Cooper said.

But Cooper says the Senator Burr-Deborah Ross race is close, and his recorded remarks could make a difference.

“Even if it changed things by a half a percentage point, in the Burr-Ross race, that could be enough to really decide the winner,” he said.

Ross said Burr's comments divide the country. And she says joking about gun violence against Clinton is irresponsible.

“The more that we are talking about violence, I think the worse it is for American democracy,” Cooper said.

For the first time, Western Carolina University students are voting on campus.

Republican State Senator Jim Davis was on hand for WCU’s “Raise Your Voice Festival.” His comment on Burr’s remarks, “Probably not the wisest thing to say especially in front of the press,” Davis said.

Democratic State Representative Joe Sam Queen was on hand Tuesday, as well. “It's just been one thing after another all along,” he said.

One thing that's getting everyone's approval is a polling place on campus.

“The struggle of being able to vote period...throughout our history. And this is just making it easier for us,” WCU Sophomore James Cates said.

Cooper said with a week to go before Election Day, he expects more "surprises."

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