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    haven't benefited as much from the nascent recovery. I do believe that depressed Obama's votes slightly in areas like this (though it can't explain the whole number).

    After all, if your area's economy is permanently tied to federal and state stimulus, you probably won't see any significant change in poverty levels, etc, during a recovery that is primarily driven by the private sector.

    This applies to states like Oklahoma, Kansas, Alabama, etc as well, where military installations and various federal facilities provide a baseline of decent jobs that keep the economy going, even as real poverty remains steadily high.

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