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  • Hillary Clinton win SC? 'It's more realistic that we’ll be invaded by Martians’

    07/28/2016 7:55:26 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    The State ^ | 7/28/2016 | AVERY G. WILKS
    COLUMBIA Asked about the odds of Hillary Clinton winning South Carolina in this fall’s presidential election, Clemson University political scientist David Woodard replied: “It’s more realistic that we’ll be invaded by Martians.” South Carolina has not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in four decades, and pundits do not expect that streak to end in November. Even Democrats acknowledge Clinton’s chances of beating GOP nominee Donald Trump in the Palmetto State are slim. But as Clinton celebrates her presidential nomination in Philadelphia, some within the party hold out hope she could pull off a historic upset. “She has a chance,”...
  • Beyond Iowa, Cruz Betting Heavily on the South

    01/11/2016 7:52:23 AM PST · by Isara · 87 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Jan. 11, 2016 | Abby Livingston
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz arrived Jan. 4 at the first stop on a six-day tour of Iowa. The Republican presidential candidate was set to visit 28 counties by bus. (Photo by Patrick Svitek) WASHINGTON — In the more than 200 events he's held since launching his campaign for the White House 10 months ago, Ted Cruz has tested out an unorthodox strategy, one that could rewrite the rules of Republican presidential politics.Since the Texas senator declared his candidacy in March, 40 percent of his public events have taken place in Iowa, according to a Texas Tribune analysis of his travel schedule as of Saturday. But...
  • Cruz and Trump Battle for the South

    12/23/2015 11:43:10 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/23/2015 | Katie Glueck
    Rubio wants a piece of the March states too, but his rivals have the momentum. "Amongst a lot of the grassroots, Sen. Cruz is definitely picking up momentum, there's no doubt about it," said Ryan Haynes, the unaligned chairman of the Tennessee GOP. NASHVILLE, Tenn.:The battle for the South has settled into a race between two candidates, and neither is Marco Rubio. In interviews with more than two dozen party officials, political operatives and activists, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump were repeatedly named as front-runners and likely winners in one of the most conservative regions of the country. Both contenders...
  • Some Strong Signals for Donald Trump in the South

    12/21/2015 1:19:20 PM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 21, 2015 | By Dante Chinni
    The unique base of support that has pushed Donald Trump to the top of the Republican presidential field in national polls is also likely to give him boost this spring when the campaign shifts to the South. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has drawn wide attention for his own efforts in Southern states, many of which will vote as part of the big, March 1 "SEC Primary" when more convention delegates will be awarded than on any other day. Mr. Cruz, who is surging in the polls, is focusing on evangelical Christian voters and other social conservatives, which form the...
  • 'Cruz country' bus tour looks South

    08/02/2015 9:20:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 2, 2015 | Mike Allen
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will spend much of August on an eight-state “Cruz Country” bus tour through the South, as his team looks beyond the first four 2016 states to March’s delegate-heavy SEC Primary states, including Georgia and Texas. Cruz advisers say they’re not only vigorously competing in the early states, but already organizing the so-called SEC states (a nickname from college sports’ Southeastern Conference), with advertising planned through March 15. An adviser said the objective of the bus trip is “to ensure that by the time other candidates get to the March 1 voting states following early state voting,...
  • 'People are going to be just as excited': Clinton courts Obama's black southern stronghold

    05/30/2015 4:31:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Guardian and Observer ^ | May 30, 2015 | Sabrina Siddiqui in Columbia, South Carolina
    On and off the campaign trail in the Carolinas, voters say they have ‘no hard feelings’ toward Hillary Clinton. They say the opposite about Republicans.Bryan Burns could not make up his mind. Here was this African-American voter in khaki shorts, a v-neck T-shirt and black-rimmed eyeglasses, browsing shops at the Crabtree Valley Mall, on a swelteringly hot Friday in the not-yet summer of the American south. And there was Hillary Clinton, who needs to win the minds of exactly this kind of voter, a 30-year-old Virginia native who has spent the last decade living in North Carolina, a state that...
  • Hillary's media coverage as poor as her southern accent

    05/30/2015 9:47:32 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/30/15 | Jeff Crouere
    Bill Clinton and his phony, scandal tarred wife should be not allowed anywhere near the White House The media should be having a field day with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. For her entire political life, Hillary Clinton’s name has been synonymous with scandal. From cattle futures to the Rose Law Firm to the White Travel Office, Hillary Clinton was never far from the scandals that plagued her husband’s presidency. Her tenure as Secretary of State did not include any significant accomplishments, but was marred by her inexcusable handling of the Benghazi terrorist attack. While serving as our nation’s top diplomat,...
  • Santorum leads GOP candidates in La., exclusive WWL-TV poll shows [26% undecided - Mitt gets libs]

    03/13/2012 4:55:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    WWL-TV ^ | March 12, 2012 | Dennis Woltering
    NEW ORLEANS – A new, exclusive statewide poll of likely Republican voters in Louisiana conducted for WWL-TV shows voters favoring Rick Santorum, with the primary election two weeks away. The telephone poll of 515 likely Republican voters reveals Santorum leading the field, with just over 25 percent of the vote. Mitt Romney places second with just under 21 percent and is in a virtual tie with Newt Gingrich, who has almost 20 percent. Ron Paul is way behind, with less than 6 percent. Undecided gets the biggest score of all -- 26 percent. WWL-TV election analyst Greg Rigamer, whose firm,...
  • Santorum Takes 18-Point Lead Over Romney in Tennessee

    02/27/2012 12:26:53 PM PST · by DannyTN · 22 replies ^ | Monday, 27 Feb 2012 01:40 PM | Henry J. Reske
    Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has moved into an 18-point lead over rival Mitt Romney in Tennessee. Registered likely and early voters favored the former Pennsylvania senator over the former Massachusetts governor 38 to 20 percent, a poll by Vanderbilt University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions found. Read more on
  • Poll: Romney's Mormon faith may not hurt him in TN

    02/27/2012 9:32:01 AM PST · by SmithL · 63 replies · 2+ views
    Nashville Tennessean | 2/27/12 | Chas Sisk
    Subheadline: Voters fear Romney's 'cult' less than they do Obama Gannett Newspaper - Link Only:|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE
  • For Southern Republicans, ‘It’s the Constitution, Stupid’

    04/11/2010 7:35:57 AM PDT · by GregNH · 21 replies · 831+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 4/11/2010 | Rick Moran
    The Southern Republican Leadership Conference wrapped up on Saturday afternoon after three days of speeches dripping with red-meat criticisms of Democrats and President Obama. This is par for the course for any party gathering, especially one where the party holding the shindig is on the outs. But there was also something most unusual about the conference: an uncommon amount of talk and discussion of the United States Constitution. Ordinary people from all walks of life, not a constitutional scholar or lawyer among them, are actually trying to come to grips with the fundamental meaning and purpose of our founding document....
  • Full Speech Liz Cheney CSpan-Southern Republican Leadership Conference: Day 1

    The opening session of the 2010 Southern Republican Leadership Conference featured Mary Matalin, Newt Gingrich, J.C. Watts and Liz Cheney New Orleans, LA : 2 hr.
  • Hey, Sen. Voinovich, see the ‘real’ South

    08/13/2009 6:09:02 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 16 replies · 794+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | August 12, 2009 | Sally Jenkins
    Where exactly does “The South” begin, anyway? At Harpers Ferry? Just left of Philadelphia? What is the crossroads that divides “Southerners” from the rest of us, those of us in the East, Midwest, Southwest and West who don’t talk with corn in our mouths? Somebody please buy Ohio Sen. George Voinovich a ticket to the real South, preferably on a slow-moving train, so he can observe the country he helps govern. Last month, Voinovich charged that Southerners are what’s wrong with the Republican Party. “We got too many Jim DeMints and Tom Coburns,” he told the Columbus Dispatch, talking about...
  • A Tip For Ms Parker: Kiss My Behind! (First, Palin, Then Jindal, Now Southerners; Who’s Next?)

    08/05/2009 5:21:06 PM PDT · by luckybogey · 18 replies · 1,178+ views
    LuckyBogey's Blog ^ | August 5, 2009 | LuckyBogey
    My 2nd great-grandfather was a Civil War Soldier. Grandpa LuckyBogey, Sr., and his two brothers are listed in the muster roll of Company B, 49th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Army of Northern Virginia, C.S.A. of Telfair County, Georgia, known as the Telfair Volunteers. 4th Sergeant LuckyBogey, Sr. was wounded and captured at Petersburg, Va. in April 1865. Grandpa Luckybogey , Sr. escaped from Jackson Hospital in Richmond the next day and as General Lee surrendered, Grandpa LuckyBogey, Sr., , on his own, made his way back home to Georgia. See the History of the 49th Regiment and the 35th Georgia...
  • Kathleen Parker: A Tip for The GOP: Look Away

    08/05/2009 12:02:58 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 59 replies · 3,191+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | August 5, 2009 | Kathleen Parker
    ...In a fusillade of pique, Ohio Sen. George Voinovich charged that Southerners are what's wrong with the Republican Party... Alas, Voinovich was not entirely wrong...
  • Poll hints that Sanford could find an opening with Southern Republicans

    05/21/2009 10:59:50 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 531+ views
    The State, Columbia, SC ^ | 2009-05-22 | Wayne Washington
    Southern Republicans — the backbone of the GOP — are not sold on any of their party’s possible high-profile presidential candidates in 2012, a finding that could be good news for S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford. Sanford rubbed shoulders at a Columbia health care forum Thursday with former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who remains highly regarded by many in the Republican Party. It was another moment in the spotlight for Sanford, who has generated buzz about his 2012 presidential prospects with his frequent television appearances and outspoken opposition to Democratic President Barack Obama’s federal stimulus plan. Southerners overwhelmingly back Sanford’s...
  • CNN's Gloria Borger Responds to Michael Steele by Insisting GOP Looks Like 'the Confederacy'

    Is there any political caricature more threadbare than casting the Republican Party as "the Confederacy?" CNN analyst Gloria Borger tossed that one on Thursday, with all its pejorative assumptions about hidden or not-so-hidden racial animus, noting New England states had no House Republicans.
  • Census Data Suggest More Power for South in Congress

    12/24/2008 10:28:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 706+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 24, 2008 | Bernie Becker
    Official results for the next census will not be released for a few years. But it’s never too early to predict how population changes will affect the makeup of Congress through the next reapportionment. A report released Monday predicts significant changes in the makeup of the House of Representatives in the next decade that could see a continuation of the trend of the South gaining even more seats. The report also cautioned that current economic factors could affect some of the population trends driving the most recent predictions. After each decennial census, the 435 seats in the House are reallocated...
  • GOP southern focus big issue in RNC race

    12/07/2008 6:36:08 AM PST · by MinnesotaLibertarian · 35 replies · 577+ views
    Politico ^ | December 7, 2008 | Alexander Burns
    Though none of the candidates openly admit it, the Mason-Dixon Line has emerged as a key fault line in the race for the Republican National Committee chairmanship. As the GOP wrestles with criticism that it is in danger of becoming a regional party rooted in the South, rather than one with broad appeal across the nation, the contest for chairman is shaping up in no small part as a referendum on just how much Southern flavor the party should have at the top in the wake of a sound electoral defeat in every other region of the country. Since no...
  • Democrats Could Gain Southern Senators in 2010

    11/19/2008 11:11:48 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 25 replies · 997+ views
    Southern Political Report ^ | November 17, 2008 | Hastings Wyman
    Democrats gained two US Senate seats in the South this year, three if Jim Martin (D) defeats US Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) in the December 2 runoff. In two years, however, the GOP will have little opportunity to reverse the Democratic trend in Dixie’s senate delegation. Of the nine Southern members of the US Senate up for re-election in 2010, eight are Republicans, only one, Arkansas’s Blanche Lincoln, is a Democrat. So numbers alone indicate that the Democrats have a major advantage going into the next election two years from now. The political battlefield may have a set of issues...
  • Don’t Consign GOP to Land of Cotton

    11/17/2008 7:39:45 AM PST · by AJKauf · 13 replies · 805+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 16, 2008 | Timoth Furnish
    Win or lose, some liberal pundits seem constitutionally incapable of civility toward conservatives. Four years ago, the people and states that reelected George W. Bush were branded en masse as “dumb” and as ignorant denizens of “Jesusland” — the kind of stereotyping supposedly only Republicans engage in. Bush won 31 states in that election, encompassing most of the interior of the continental U.S., over intense — some might say deranged — liberal opposition, and so perhaps their being sore losers was somewhat understandable. But even in victory liberal commentators can’t seem to show any class; now the slander of the...
  • After McCain mutiny, Republican base remains below the Mason-Dixon Line

    11/16/2008 12:50:09 PM PST · by Kukai · 103 replies · 1,921+ views
    TCPalm ^ | November 16, 2008 | Kenric Ward
    In a nation turned blue, the South remains largely red. That's the takeaway from the 2008 election, and the Republicans' best hope for resurrecting their party. John McCain — for all his political waffling and personal idiosyncrasies — still held on to the South. Except for Virginia and Florida (two states heavily infiltrated by Northerners) and North Carolina (a race so close it couldn't be called until three days after the election), the South remained solidly in the GOP column. From Florida's Panhandle to Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee, McCain actually garnered a higher percentage of votes than George W. Bush...
  • Are Republicans Doomed to Minority ‘Dixiecrat’ Status?

    11/13/2008 9:17:39 AM PST · by AJKauf · 38 replies · 1,046+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 13, 2008 | Jennifer Rubin
    The only place where Republicans are flourishing in national elections is the Deep South. There is reason to fear that if Republicans do not alter their present course they will be relegated to a permanent minority in Congress and be stuck below the 200 electoral vote mark in presidential elections. Emphasis on social conservatism does not appear sufficient to affect votes for federal offices, even in states where voters approve of socially conservative policies (e.g., Florida voted overwhelmingly against a gay marriage proposal but for Barack Obama). The challenge for Republicans is to maintain a distinctive alternative to liberalism but...
  • Fewer whites vote for Obama in Alabama than anywhere else

    11/12/2008 11:59:02 AM PST · by pissant · 102 replies · 2,795+ views
    Tuscaloosa News ^ | 11/12/08 | Tom Stevens
    TUSCALOOSA | Don't tell Bill Maher, but the vote among the white electorate in Alabama for president elect Barack Obama was the lowest in the county at only 10 percent. From an analysis by MSNBC: "We took a look at Obama's performance with white voters in all 50 states. In 13 of them, Obama received less than 35% of the white vote. His three lowest performing states: Alabama (10%), Mississippi (11%), and Louisiana (14%). The other 10: GA (23%), SC (26%), TX (26%), OK (29%), AR (30%), UT (31%), AK (32%), WY (32%), ID (33%), and TN (34%). On the...
  • For South, a Waning Hold on National Politics

    11/11/2008 6:38:26 AM PST · by glennshepard · 56 replies · 575+ views
    VERNON, Ala. — Fear of the politician with the unusual name and look did not end with last Tuesday’s vote in this rural red swatch where buck heads and rifles hang on the wall. This corner of the Deep South still resonates with negative feelings about the race of President-elect Barack Obama.
  • The South, Now With Even More Racism! (according to the New York Times)

    11/11/2008 4:47:10 PM PST · by lewisglad · 67 replies · 1,044+ views ^ | 11/11/08 | Matt Mitchell
    The South, Now With More Racism! (according to the NY Times) And, once again, the South is labeled racist. The New York Times has once again labeled the South racist, crediting the shocking tendency of the South to vote Republican. This time, it’s obvious because the South voted as much as 10% more in favor of the Republican party than in ’04’s election. The title of the article is “For South, a Waning Hold on National Politics,” but it should have been “The South, Now With More Racism!” because it was nothing more than a thinly-guised attack on the South,...
  • Culture Wars, RIP?

    11/10/2008 4:54:56 AM PST · by condi2008 · 23 replies · 442+ views ^ | November 9, 2008 | Peter J. Leithart
    Alan Wolfe, announcing the end of the culture wars with the election of Obama, accuses the South of voting against Obama because Southerners are racists: “The single most disturbing aspect of last night’s election is the transformation of the Republican Party into the party of the Confederacy. Yes, Republicans remain strong in states such as Wyoming and Idaho, and Obama won Virginia and is leading in North Carolina. But both these latter two states flipped to the Democrats because they contain large numbers of white professionals who moved there from other parts of the country and because blacks came out...
  • Tennessee Republicans have first majority in both chambers since 1869

    11/06/2008 10:56:22 AM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 1,050+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 11/6/8 | Richard Locker
    Tennessee Republicans served notice Wednesday that the legislature is under new management, all but promising to replace the three state constitutional officers and challenging Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen to open talks on state budget issues. Although Republicans won a one-vote majority in the state Senate two years ago, they built it to a 19-14 margin Tuesday and, unexpectedly, won a 50-49 majority in the House, which Democrats held 53-46 until Election Day. Legislative historian Eddie Weeks confirmed it's the first time the GOP has held a majority of both chambers since 1869, during Reconstruction after the Civil War. Both parties...
  • Democrats gain in Dixie, but racial divide remains [America Still Racist]

    11/05/2008 4:08:26 PM PST · by Hadean · 33 replies · 1,854+ views
    Ledger-Enquirer. ^ | Nov. 5, 2008 | ALLEN G. BREED
    WAKE FOREST, N.C. --Barack Obama hardly marched across the South like Sherman. But he certainly made some inroads. The Illinois Democrat failed to win a majority of white votes in any Southern state, and exit polls indicate that a deeper racial divide may persist here than in other regions. But he won Florida. You could argue that Florida - with its snowbirds and ice hockey franchises - is not really "Southern," but that doesn't change the fact that a Northern, liberal Democrat hasn't taken the state since FDR. And it's hard to overstate the symbolic importance of Obama's comfortable victory...
  • McCain Up by Twelve in Tennessee

    10/23/2008 6:46:21 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 31 replies · 686+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | October 22,2008
    John McCain now leads Barack Obama 54% to 42% in Tennessee, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state. The latest numbers represent a modest slip for the Republican, who led 58% to 39% in late September. However, McCain has held double-digit leads since tracking began in April, with his lowest level support at 51% in June.
  • John McCain enjoys a solid lead in Arkansas, according to a statewide poll (51 to 36%)

    10/23/2008 12:48:37 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 9 replies · 479+ views
    FAYETTEVILLE - John McCain enjoys a solid lead in Arkansas, according to a statewide poll. McCain leads Barack Obama 51 percent to 36 percent among polled registered voters, according to the Arkansas Poll. That leaves 14 percent of Arkansas voters undecided, and those still undecided tend to be voters who identify themselves as Democrats, according to poll results. If Hillary Clinton had been the Democratic nominee, 54 percent of participants would have voted for her. The poll interviewed 1,628 people via telephone between Oct. 1 and Oct. 21. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.5 percent.
  • The myth of the “Southern Conservative” Democrat

    10/19/2008 10:52:53 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 13 replies · 1,349+ views
    Y'all Politics ^ | Oct 20, 2008 | Alan Lang
    Please pay attention Roger Wicker and Greg Davis There are many myths in southern culture. One of the latest is the myth of the modern day, "conservative" Mississippi Democrat. Currently, Senator Roger Wicker (R) and Greg Davis are locked into real battles with former Governor Ronnie Musgrove (D) and Rep. Travis Childers (D), respectively, for federal contests. Let's start this conversation with two basic facts. First, Mississippi is overwhelmingly conservative. That's a given. To even have a prayer (pardon the pun), a Democrat for statewide office must be conservative on God, guns and abortion. That's just a fact. A "true...
  • TN Poll (Mccain-48 Obama-36 Adults) (Mccain-55 Obama-35 LV) (Sep. 15-27th)

    09/29/2008 3:08:20 PM PDT · by Ravi · 13 replies · 858+ views
    MTSU ^ | 9/29/08 | MTSU
    Debate to happen...
  • McCain opening up big lead in S.C, poll says

    09/19/2008 11:21:55 PM PDT · by Ravi · 36 replies · 417+ views
    Charleston Courier ^ | 9/20/08 | Robert Behre
    A new poll shows that Republican John McCain might win South Carolina as handily as George W. Bush did four and eight years ago. McCain had a 59 percent to 37 percent lead in this state over Democratic rival Barack Obama, according to a recent American Research Group poll. Four percent remained undecided.
  • 11Alive: Obama trailing McCain in Georgia by 16 points

    09/18/2008 10:27:10 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies · 863+ views ^ | September 18 | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Yet another poll shows Republican presidential candidate John McCain with a commanding lead over Democrat Barack Obama in Georgia. The new survey — commissioned by WXIA-TV (11Alive) in Atlanta and WMAZ-TV in Macon, and conducted by SurveyUSA — puts McCain at 57 percent , with Obama trailing at 41 percent.
  • McCain Has Big Lead Over Obama In Alabama [McCain 64% Obama 34%]

    09/18/2008 9:31:02 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 37 replies · 556+ views
    WKRG-TV ^ | September 18, 2008 | SurveyUSA
    McCain 2:1 Atop Obama in Alabama: In an election for President of the United States in Alabama today, 09/18/08, seven weeks from Election Day, Republican John McCain defeats Democrat Barack Obama by 30 points, 64% to 34%, according to this exclusive WKRG-TV poll conducted by SurveyUSA.
  • Obama fading in Georgia poll [McCain 56 Obama 38]

    09/12/2008 1:18:59 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies · 135+ views ^ | September 12, 2008 | Morris News Service
    ATLANTA --- Democrat Barack Obama's campaign in Georgia is in the midst of a deep slide, according to a poll released Thursday. A new InsiderAdvantage/Poll Position survey of likely registered voters indicates a steep decline for Mr. Obama. It shows Republican John McCain with the support of 56 percent of the respondents to Mr. Obama's 38 percent.
  • Alabama Presidential Political poll

    09/10/2008 9:15:41 PM PDT · by tomymind · 17 replies · 473+ views ^ | Sep 11
    WSFA 12 News has a look at the results of one well-known Alabama political poll in the Presidential race. It appears undecided voters are making up their minds and they're choosing Republican John McCain. According to the Capital Survey Research Center poll of likely voters, McCain has a commanding 20 point lead over Barack Obama, 55% to 35%. When you look back at the last four polls, Obama has stayed virtually flat from 34 to 36%. While McCain started strong in June, dipped in July and August and regained his lead in September. Voters who favored neither candidate dropped significantly...
  • Obama campaign pulls some resources from Georgia

    09/10/2008 2:54:36 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies · 190+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 10, 2008 | SHANNON McCAFFREY
    Democrat Barack Obama's campaign has pulled ads running in Georgia and shifted some of its paid campaign staff from Georgia to North Carolina while contending that it's not surrendering the state to Republican John McCain.
  • Obama campaign shifting some people out of Georgia (the noose is tightening)

    09/09/2008 4:02:12 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 14 replies · 318+ views
    Obama campaign shifting some people out of Georgia Will continue voter-registration drives By JIM GALLOWAY, AARON GOULD SHEININ The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday, September 09, 2008 Nearly three weeks after dropping its TV ads, the Democratic presidential campaign of Barack Obama will shift personnel out of Georgia into more competitive states like North Carolina, staffers confirmed Tuesday. The movement of resources reflects a quickly tightening, state-by-state race for the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the White House. Campaign officials declined to specify how many of approximately 75 paid Obama staffers will be redeployed, and denied that the move signaled...
  • Obama's New Southern Strategy: Send Biden (Unintentionally hilarious)

    08/28/2008 5:15:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 88+ views
    The Nation ^ | August 28, 2008 | Bob Moser
    No matter how much I hooted and mooed when Bill Clinton slithered on stage last night to nourish his ego afresh, I couldn't help cracking a smile of recognition when Bubba brought out his slowest drawl to declare, "I looove Joe Biden." I have been hearing that exact same phrase, drawn out just the same way, from Southern delegates all week when I asked them about Obama's number two. "Oh, we looove Joe Biden," they say, almost always adding that they love him because he just comes on out and says it, consequences be damned. It's been a while since...
  • In Tennessee McCain Leads by 24

    08/24/2008 12:07:20 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 82 replies · 340+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 22, 2008
    John McCain now leads Barack Obama in the Volunteer State by twenty-four percentage points in Tennessee. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the Volunteer State shows McCain with a 56% to 32% margin. That’s essentially where the race stood in April although Obama managed to close the gap to fifteen points in June, shortly after wrapping up the Democratic nomination. When “leaners” are included, McCain now leads Obama 60% to 35%. Leaners are survey participants who initially indicate no preference for either major candidate but indicate that they are leaning towards either McCain or Obama. Fifty-seven percent (57%) say...
  • Poll: McCain has big lead in the South

    08/23/2008 6:41:33 AM PDT · by kellynla · 42 replies · 380+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Aug. 22, 2008 | RODDIE BURRIS
    Republican Sen. John McCain enjoys a 16-point lead -- 51 percent to 35 percent -- among Southern voters over rival Democrat Sen. Barack Obama, a new poll by Winthrop University and ETV shows. And, the further into the South you go, the larger McCain's lead grows, the poll of likely voters in 11 Southern states shows. Likely voters in the Deep South -- those in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina -- preferred McCain by a 25-point margin, 56 percent to 31 percent. Southern voters said what they want most in a president is honesty, experience and shared values....
  • Obama's serves up Southern strategy

    08/19/2008 1:36:03 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 25 replies · 78+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 19, 2008 | S.A. Miller
    Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign in Georgia spent the weekend training more than 2,500 volunteers for a statewide push to register voters and boost Election Day turnout, a massive grass-roots mobilization that is part of the campaign's national strategy to drive up the mostly Democratic black vote and capture longtime Republican strongholds. Mr. Obama has vowed to increase black voter participation by 30 percent, which likely would redraw the electoral map by reclaiming once-Democratic Southern states - including Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Virginia - that turned Republican in 1964.
  • Dave 'Mudcat' Saunders: Barack Obama's elitist campaign alienates South

    08/18/2008 12:18:43 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 12 replies · 297+ views
    Times Online ^ | August 18, 2008 | Tom Baldwin and Matt Spence
    The sea of shining, hope-filled faces that routinely flood Barack Obama's rallies would be an alien environment for the grizzled features and tobacco-stained temperament of Dave “Mudcat” Saunders. His preferred habitat is up a tree gunning down deer or on the mud flats — which lent him their name — catching catfish, part of an endless struggle with Appalachian wildlife. Along with his Confederate flag bedspread, the stag heads on his walls, his preference for profanity over punctuation, he would horrify what he calls the “northeastern elitist, Metropolitan Opera wing of the Democrats”. But, as one of the party's few...
  • Obama: running uphill against the wind in the South

    08/17/2008 5:59:04 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 23 replies · 233+ views
    August 17, 2008 | vanity
    A July 27 Washington Post analysis pointed out the actual numbers involved in a Barack Obama victory in some of the Southern states. These numbers make it very clear that it is all but impossible. We will hear over and over about how Obama will be competitive in some Southern states and Virginia will always be mentioned. Nevertheless, here’s the truth: In order to win Virginia he has to A) hold ALL the White votes John Kerry got in Virginia. THIS ALONE IS A GAME ENDER, but there’s more; B) He has to increase the Black turn out by 30%...
  • How Obama vs. McCain Is Unsettling the old Confederacy

    08/03/2008 8:15:16 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 82 replies · 324+ views
    Biz Yahoo ^ | August 3,2008
    Newsweek Paris Bureau Chief Christopher Dickey recently returned to the U.S. South, where his family has roots, and found that George W. Bush and Barack Hussein Obama have unsettled the region deeply: "the first with a reckless war and a weakened economy, the second with the color of his skin, the foreignness of his name, the lofty liberalism of his language." In the August 11 Newsweek cover, "The End of the South" (on newsstands Monday, August 4), Newsweek looks at the race issue head-on in the region that has fought the longest and the hardest, and suffered the most, trying...
  • Obama Afghanistan policy criticised (Jim Webb alert)

    08/02/2008 10:05:18 PM PDT · by stan_sipple · 12 replies · 197+ views
    Financial ^ | 7-31-2008 | Edward Luce and Stephanie Kirchgaessner
    The US should avoid suggesting that the withdrawal of troops from Iraq will be followed by a surge of troops in Afghanistan, according to Jim Webb, senator for Virginia. Ruling himself out as a possible running mate for Barack Obama, Mr Webb’s comments come as an implied criticism of the Democratic party’s orthodoxy on Iraq and Afghanistan – including Mr Obama’s own stance. "The dynamic is that terrorism works the seams of international law. We can’t create stable societies in places like Afghanistan;that can’t be our objective.”Mr Webb’s background as a “Reagan Democrat” – the group of working-class Democratic supporters...
  • The South Will Fall Again

    07/01/2008 9:47:52 AM PDT · by Signalman · 25 replies · 288+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | July 1, 2008 | Thomas F. Schaller
    THE interim between the primaries and the parties’ nominating conventions is, according to ancient writ, a fertile period for presidential campaigns to talk about how they plan to expand the political map in the fall. This year is no different. Barack Obama’s strategists are suggesting that the first African-American presidential nominee of a major political party can parlay increased turnout among black voters into a string of victories in the South. Given that roughly half of all African-Americans live in the 11 former Confederate states, the idea seems intuitive enough. It’s also wrong. Prying Southern electoral votes away from the...
  • McCain Now Up By Seven in Florida, Fifteen in Alabama, Ten in Georgia. Looks like a southern sweep.

    06/30/2008 2:18:51 PM PDT · by Patrick1 · 29 replies · 422+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 6/30/08 | Patrick1
    Looks like McCain is headed for a southern sweep, as predicted I might add. Coming soon my first official Electoral College recap. I remind you that in 04 I only missed New Hampshire. Ignore all other Electoral College recaps but mine.