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  •  I don't perceive it as a snub from Obama (0+ / 0-)

    Not anymore so then usual, anyway. Mark27 has a good argument, but Obama is winning, and I understand the uphill battle he would face in Arkansas, so I trust that his campaign is making the right decisions.

    Having said that, it's pretty standard for Democratic Presidential candidates to spend less time in the sate then their Republican rivals, even though Arkansas is a Democratic state. I believe Arkansas is written off almost immediately by Democratic nominees, but like Mark27, I don't think it would take that much effort for them to actually win the state. Arkansas was considered a swing state in 2004, but Kerry only visited one time (one more then Obama, mind you), and basically just adorned a razorback hat for pictures, so it wasn't surprising that Bush ended up carrying Arkansas easily, because his campaign treated it like it was a swing state.

    It's lowly 6 electoral votes are certainly much of the reason Arkansas is ignored by Democrats, but I also think that outsiders wrongly consider Arkansas to be extremely conservative, when it's really not as much as they think (it's too poor to be extremely conservative collectively, although it does have a large extremely conservative faction.) When I read Carnacki's diaries on West Virginia, I feel as if he's actually writing about Arkansas, because most of what he says would uniquely apply to Arkansas just as well.

    Democrats -- Progress for the Working Class

    by rogun on Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 08:03:22 PM PDT

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