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  •  White male Blue Dog can't win. Back Nunn or Smyre. (3+ / 0-)
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    OK, I admit I haven't checked--but I'll betcha that no matter how Barrow's district has been redrawn, every version has had a higher % of African-American voters than the state as a whole.

    Dems can't win in Georgia statewide unless they drive up support from women and non-white voters. A white male candidate just ain't gonna do that--unless he's liberal enough to burn his white male support down to the ground. Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't.

    That means we need a woman or an African-American.

    (FWIW: I'm a white guy. And this is why I have little patience with the occasional complaint that African-Americans are "stuck with" the Dems. That works both ways; white Dems are every bit as "stuck with" African-Americans. Neither faction can win unless we, um, you know, respect each other, learn about each others' concerns and aspirations, put aside our egos, work together for the good of all. You know, what we should do anyway without being forced to. Funny how that works.)

    I was unaware Michelle Nunn existed, but based on this diary she looks terrific.

    I wish Calvin Smyre, longtime legislative leader from Columbus, and African-American, would run. But he's given no sign he's interested. And Nunn is significantly younger than Smyre, so she would certainly have the potential to hold the seat for more terms.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 08:32:18 AM PDT

    •  Barrows district may be more black than the state (2+ / 0-)
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      as a whole (I don't know), but it is also more conservative than the state as a whole.  It gave Obama a much lower share of the vote than he got statewide.

      ...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 Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 08:49:25 AM PDT

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      •  Fascinating. Maybe I'm wrong. I hope so. NT (0+ / 0-)

        "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

        by HeyMikey on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 08:56:45 AM PDT

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      •  That's an interesting comparison (1+ / 0-)
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        Because the statewide average is misleading when it comes to Obama's numbers.  The districts are all so gerry-mandered that EVERY district either gave far more support to Obama than average, or FAR LESS.  

        Jody Cooley, running in Georgia's ninth, outpolled the President by about 4 points.  The 9th also gave Obama a much lower share of the vote than he got statewide - 20 points versus 45 points.  

        Meanwhile, Barrow's district gave Obama 43 percent of the vote, compared to the 45 vote total.  Barrow outperformed the President by about 10 points, facing a comically bad candidate.  

        Don't get me wrong, Barrow's clearly a fighter.  But I don't know if he's some kind of world beater.  Incumbents do win, after all, most of the time.  

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