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Recriminations Fly As Morgan Freeman Sucked Into NC GOPer's Hoax Ad (VIDEO)

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Meanwhile, the media company, California-based M.E.I., is denying that they ever lied to the Lawson camp. The Associated Press reports: "MEI's statement says it discussed with Lawson's campaign that Freeman was a Democrat and would probably never do an endorsement for a Republican candidate."

The Lawson campaign has taken the ad down -- but someone else re-uploaded it to YouTube. Here it is:

The timbre and cadence of the impersonator are pretty good, but both qualities slip at certain points. Also, the pitch isn't quite low enough. Overall, this is a decent Morgan Freeman impression -- but not the real thing.