Monday, November 19, 2007

Obama's track record with the rural vote?

Given Sen. Obama's recent surge in Iowa and that state's demographics, this article struck me as a timely analysis of the Senator's strengths and weaknesses courting voters in the rural midwest.

The article suggests that Sen. Obama's claim about his 2004 Senate primary, ""we won the white vote, we won the rural vote, we won the farmer vote" isn't well supported by the election results from that race, though he did well even amoung white districts in Chicago that are historically hostile to black candidates.

If race can't account for his underperformance in downstate Illinois in 2004, perhaps something about rural communities? But then again, he is leading the pack in Iowa...

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