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  •  Appalachia for Obama (4+ / 0-)
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    third Party please, dkosdan, soms, RJP9999

    current results of poll at the Floyd Co Times out of Prestonsburg/Floyd Co, Ky:

    •  poll results (2+ / 0-)
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      dkosdan, soms

      sorry i got too excited..
      From the floyd co times:

      "Now that the debates have started, have you made up your mind about the presidential election?
      Yes, I'm voting for Obama-Biden
      (267 Votes, 56%)
      Yes, I'm voting for McCain-Palin
      (165 Votes, 35%)
      No, I still need to see more
      (13 Votes, 3%)
      I've decided not to vote for either
      (29 Votes, 6%)"
      landing page for the paper(poll is at bottom on left):
      link to poll results:

    •  Interesting but (2+ / 0-)
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      coconutjones, dkosdan

      keep in mind that this is an "open" survey with a self-selecting sample, not a poll of people selected at random.  Thus it is not statistically sound.

      Trying to be a first-rate reporter on the average American newspaper is like trying to play Bach's 'St. Matthew's Passion' on a ukulele. - Ben Bagdikian

      by Eugenian on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 11:31:06 PM PDT

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      •  I know this isn't statistically sound (2+ / 0-)
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        Eugenian, dkosdan

        but i've been listening to people say that there is NO WAY Obama can win Appalachia or Ky and so it would be a waste of time to campaign here. I hold this up as HOPE that maybe he can.

        I'd also like to point out that it can take several cycles of campaigning to win an election and I'm not as concerned with Obama winning the national because, as has been pointed out repeatedly, he will and of course Ky's votes don't really count.

        The Republicans have been campaigning here year round, through our churches and social clubs, since Bush was elected and as a result have been able to leverage people's ignorance into voting against their own interests. I simply posit that maybe a carefully placed ad in a local paper or two would go a long way to counteract the impression that "elitist democrats" don't care about the people of Ky.

        I'd also like to point out here as I have in other places that, from my anecdotal experience, educated people with access to the internet, seem to be breaking  for Obama. Unfortunately, a large portion of Eastern Ky is without decent (not dial-up) access and/or can't afford it.(Could you if you had to drive 45 minutes each way just to get to your minimum wage job?)

        Hilary and Bill are very popular here because they didn't just visit the state, they spoke to people and heard their problems and offered solutions specific to our state. Little things like getting my gradmother's town a water treatment/sewer system so that townspeople don't have to use straight pipes that dump their dirty water and sewage into streams or by the side of the road. Yes they know about septic tanks but the water table is so high that no one will install a septic tank for anyone in her holler or most of the hollers around her.
        Local issues like this have a real impact on people's lives and it is what the Democrats excel at addressing.

        People need to remember that "Hillbillies" are subjected to quite a bit of soft prejudice themselves from the rest of the state. This results in less funds on the state level for much needed civic projects.

        I think it would be beneficial to the Obama and Lunsford campaigns if Democrats ran a few targeted ads on local networks and in the newspaper. They would definitely pick up a few votes but more importantly they would be building the frame=work for future Democratic candidates and progressive issues.

        Sorry for this being so long, I was going to write a diary about this scientifically unsound poll and how uplifted I felt when I saw the numbers, (espescially since I don't get to go home that often and my brother,who does, has been telling me that people won't vote period this election) but I didn't want to push a diary off the rec list just because I'm excited that a few hundred hillbillies might vote for Obama.

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