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  •  I don't see that (8+ / 0-)

    Fundamentally the state is not agricultural and reflexively Republican like Nebraska. It has the natural resouce thing going for it like North Dakota, but the Democrats have long been dominant at the state level and not just the congressional/senatorial level like North Dakota. I would put it somewhere between North Dakota 2012 and Nevada 2010.

    •  I think WV is unique in politics today (13+ / 0-)

      I think there's actually no state today or in recent cycles that compares to it.

      It's basically where some southern states were in the 80s, where the voters were appalled at Democratic Presidential candidates but fully embraced home-grown Democrats.

      WV voters share that partisan schizophrenia today, it's as if they're just 25 years behind their neighbors further south.

      I see all these attempted comparisons to states today and shake my head, because nothing really fits.  There just isn't another state that would give such a massive split in its Presidential and U.S. Senate voting as WV had last year, not even for a very popular state-level Democrat...that's one reason I tend to think that people like Beebe in Arkansas and Bredeson in Tennessee and Moore and Hood in Mississippi never run for U.S. Senate, they realize a lot of voters who like them still won't vote for them in Senate races.  ND was closest to WV in ticket-splitting but still nothing like WV.

      44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

      by DCCyclone on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 09:32:21 AM PST

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      •  basically a two legged stool (2+ / 0-)
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        there was a nice post about the state on 538, back in the election.

        Honestly I don't know how much longer the state will keep sending Dems to congress. The state will have to equalize eventually (either go back to voting for Dems for president, which I find unlikely, or begin voting R at the state level)

        "Unfortunately when the Republican party needs to be a big tent party it seems to me we are doing everything we can to become a pup tent party. " — Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R)

        by lordpet8 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 11:17:52 AM PST

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      •  Yes, West Virginia really is alone (3+ / 0-)
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        Arkansas was the closest comparison but that divergence ended with 2010.

        NC-06/NC-04; -9.12, -8.62; Yellow Dog Democrat

        by sawolf on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 11:20:18 AM PST

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        •  meh, unique, but not that different. (0+ / 0-)

          ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

          by James Allen on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 11:39:06 AM PST

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