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  •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

    I doubt McGovern is chafing at the bit to represent Athol and Gardner.

    21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

    by sapelcovits on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 02:04:58 PM PDT

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    •  NO ONE wants to represent Athol (4+ / 0-)
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      ArkDem14, sapelcovits, MichaelNY, killjoy

      Not many people want to live there, either.  I mean, we're talking a town so depressed that the Salvation Army thrift store closed.  

    •  It Would Be Bluer (0+ / 0-)

      I was playing around with a consolidated Western Mass district. In order to prevent leaving Worcester all alone against both its suburbs and some even more conservative towns further out, which could end up with a suburban Republican winning in a GOP wave year or an open seat situation...

      All you have to do is put a cluster of a dozen Franklin County towns around Greenfield and Montague in there. Collectively they have around 60K population and they are actually as Democratic as Fall River is. (Think of it as Baja Vermont.) They probably don't know McGovern yet, but they'll like him. If you could get away with chopping up Berkshire County, you could also put part of it in there. It's all also extremely blue. To get there you go thru some more conservative towns in northern Worcester county..but none of them are especially big, and the few that are (including the aforementioned Gardner and Athol) aren't that bad.

      To get to Fall River, yes you get Somerset which is good. But you also get Seekonk and Swansea, which are sorta neutral....and then a bunch of decent-sized and really bad towns, like Rehoboth, Attleboro, Wrentham (home of Scott Brown), and Franklin. McGovern's underfunded nobody of an opponent carried most of those towns; the reason the election wasn't especially close was that said opponent got no traction in Worcester-area towns like Holden, Shrewsbury, and Auburn, places where Scott Brown cleaned up.

      Stuck Between Stations : Thoughts from a bottomless pool of useless information.

      by Answer Guy on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 08:44:02 PM PDT

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      •  Fall River is 90k people (1+ / 0-)
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        greater than 60k. If you add Somerset that's another 20k-ish. Admittedly the strip mall suburbs like Seekonk, Wrentham, and Attleboro are red, but so are places like Philipston and Leominster.

        21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

        by sapelcovits on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 09:56:47 PM PDT

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