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  •  No doubt. It's race. (4+ / 0-)

        Hillary would have done very well in WV in the presidential general. Both she and Bill are extremely popular here. In fact, her primary percentage vs BHO and Edwards were better than Rmoney vs BHO.
    2008 WV Dem primary:
              Hillary Clinton  67%
              Barack Obama 25%
              John Edwards    7%

    2012 WV general:
               Mitt Romney    62%
               Barack Obama 35%

    Kind of apples and oranges, but, sadly, you are right. Romney's whiteness assured his huge win.

    The Republican motto: "There's been a lot of progress in this country over the last 75 years, and we've been against all of it."

    by Hillbilly Dem on Thu Oct 17, 2013 at 11:02:41 AM PDT

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    •  True in 2008, less so now (2+ / 0-)
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      Hillbilly Dem, blonde moment

      The energy politics are getting to the state, and it's not the only place that's happened. But as in e.g. North Dakota, Dems can still win statewide races, and WV is a bit ahead in that regard because there aren't a ton of carpetbagger oil wildcats just moved in from Texas.

      The whole situation is too bad, though, because basic economics are getting to coal more than anything else, and between that and the climate, the state would be fools to hang their future on it. Perhaps our current policy is a bit too friendly to natural gas in comparison, given it's also a fossil fuel, but that's tinkering around the edges. WV needs a real development policy for people displaced by the decline of coal.

    •  let us hope our racist democrats return to the (1+ / 0-)
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      When i start to get so angry about the Rs overt racism, I only need remember the 2008 primary to realize we have our share too.  Sadly.

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