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As someone who has been for Kerry since the beginning - before the beginning - I don't think anyone could more disappointed with the results of the Presidential election. And no, Kerry did not win the electoral votes here in Montana -- or even narrow the margin. But Dems in Montana have reasons to celebrate anyway.

For the first time since 1984 we elected a Democratic governor!

And in the Montana legislature, controlled by Republicans since 1995, we have won at least a tie in the Senate and possibly control of the House - with many outstanding races still to close to call.

Oh and, BTW, my county went for Kerry 51.34% to 45.65%

So I have reasons to hope as well as reasons to despair. And I have concrete evidence that my efforts during the campaign have not been in vain. I say to you: neither have yours.

Originally posted to Feanor on Wed Nov 03, 2004 at 04:02 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Kerry did narrow the margin (none)
    he lost by 20, Gore lost by 25.  Granted there was the Nader vote in 2000.

    Do we have an opponent ready to take on Burns in 2006?  That guy is probably vulnerable.

  •  Democrats are making gains in (none)
    Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Montana.  It hasn't percolated up to the top of the ticket races yet, but it is happening.  Mountain states are not farm states.  Rural communities in the mountains are beginning to realize that their futures lie in preserving their environments, not in exploiting them.  Mountain ranchers and tourism industry members don't rely on the federal tit of farm subsidies that grain farmers in the Great Plains do.  The communities are low in total population per land area, but it is far more concentrated than in farm states.  We live in communities, not as islands unto ourself in a dusty sea.  Yes, the Mormon population puts Idaho and Utah out of reach for the foreseeable future.  But, the rest of the Mountain West is winnable if we pay enough attention to it.
    •  Exactly (none)
      The Democrats can form a block in the Western mountain states, combined with the West Coast and the Northeast, thus consolidating the warring states, and making it almost impossible for either party to gain a clear majority.  ;)

      Actually, I meant that to be more positive than it wound up being.

      Rules are good. Break them.

      by KariQ on Wed Nov 03, 2004 at 04:21:45 PM PST

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