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  •  One thing I think is interesting (1+ / 0-)
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    GoUBears

    is that as far as the coal counties of the region, that while national numbers have swung badly against Dems, only Kentucky has seen no measurable losses in 2010 and 2012 in its representation in the state legislatures. The only Kentucky House seat lost in 2012 was Rep. Teddy Edmonds (D-Jackson), who seemed to be caught by surprise, and he was expected to generate a big enough margin in Breahitt County to overcome a couple of other strongly Republican "old 5th" counties. While they have some local losses as well in SE Pennsylvania, SE Ohio, and West Virginia, they have not been equal to the SW Virginia coal counties. My thoughts have always been that local unions, which still hold sway in those counties have more influence than in RTW Virginia. This worries me if Republicans get enough votes to make Kentucky a RTW state.

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    by SouthernINDem on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 09:42:31 PM PST

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