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  •  Barrett lost votes in rural Wisconsin (7+ / 0-)

    Barrett got blown out in rural Wisconsin-- even in counties where Democrats often do well.  He ran several percentage points behind his 2010 showing throughout rural Wisconsin.  That's where we lost the election-- and that is where we lost the messaging battle.  I do agree, though, that we lost the messaging battle in rural Wisconsin well before the election.

    •  Dems don't do well in rural counties...period. (0+ / 0-)

      Now, I'm from the left coast and admit I don't know much about the demographics in Wisconsin.   Have Democrats had much success in the past in rural counties in Wisconsin?

      But in my frame of mind...I still remember the vastness of red throughout the country when looking at the 2000 and 2004 presidential election results mapped out.   Blue were in urban pockets and along the coasts.  It was red from sea to shining sea...

      I can't imagine a progressive message being well-received in a rural county.

      •  Northern and Western WI are ancestrally Dem (0+ / 0-)

        There are a lot of rural progressives in the northern and western parts of Wisconsin. Ron Kind is a Democrat who represents WI-3 in Congress; his district includes Eau Claire and LaCrosse.

        "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

        by DownstateDemocrat on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 06:21:04 PM PDT

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      •  They do in Wisconsin-- or they lose (0+ / 0-)

        Take a look at a county level map of either the 2000 or 2004 presidential elections in Wisconsin.  The Democrats narrowly carried Wisconsin in both years.  You'll notice that a whole bunch of rural counties in western Wisconsin, largely along the Mississippi River, went Democratic in both years.  If the Democrats can't carry the swing rural counties in western Wisconsin, they can't carry the state.

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