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  •  the west coast states are also different (4+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, Seneca Doane, sulthernao, roadbear

    internally from themselves. i wouldn't be surprised if there isn't a significant east-of-the-mountain/valley-and-foothills/exurban socal desert towns factor to that 12%.

    surf putah, your friendly neighborhood central valley samizdat

    by wu ming on Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 09:17:02 AM PDT

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    •  you are correct (1+ / 0-)
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      WA's two seats east of the mountains are unlikely to go Dem anytime soon (although the Spokane one was Rep. Tom Foley's forever); their one seat--WA-08--in Western WA will go Dem before too long.  If Dave Ross had run in either of the last two elections rather than Darcy Burner it would probably have been a pickup (don't get me wrong, I loved Darcy and gave $$$ to her campaign).  That being said, the off chance of an additional seat going to WA in redistricting would give the Dems one more House seat.

      Eastern WA is about the size of Idaho and somewhat larger than Wyoming and possibly Montana, a bit north of a million people.  Eastern OR is smaller, and of course the Central Valley of CA is much, much larger.

      That being said, the GOP in the West is considerably different than that in the South--I live in both places--and the poll can't possibly reflect that.

      I like lemurs -6.50, -4.82

      by roadbear on Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 09:49:14 AM PDT

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