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  •  No you're entirely missing my point (3+ / 0-)
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    Skaje, MichaelNY, jncca

    I meant that you should ignore Obama's numbers for comparing districts within the state.  The same holds true for states like Oklahoma where we do considerably better than Obama in eastern Oklahoma while not running far ahead if at all in places like Tulsa.

    Sure, the overall decline statewide can indicate a bad trend for Democrats, that I don't necessarily disagree with, but Appalachia is a terrible place to use Obama's numbers as a metric of Democratic support compared to other districts in the region.  Your point about coal regions has failed when examining the recent statewide elections in both Kentucky and West Virginia.  The coal producing regions are Dems' best regions, even compared to very urban/suburban counties like Jefferson and Lexington Kentucky.  Yes, you can definitely look at a Democrat who supports cap and trade like Obama and Ben Chandler and they get destroyed in coal regions, but everyone else who is pro-coal does very well (aside from the non-unionized southeast-central part of Kentucky; that's been Republican since the Civil War).

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

    by sawolf on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 05:18:35 PM PST

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