Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Obama v. Kentucky

In yesterday's otherwise irrelevant Democratic primary in Kentucky, President Obama only beat "Uncommitted" by 58% to 42%. The Republic primary, by contrast, wasn't nearly so close (see, e.g. here). This has been a common theme in recent primaries in Southern states (see, e.g., here). The Chicago Tribune (here) suggests that it is "an apparent sign of voter dissatisfaction with his first term." That is surely true to some extent. But I wonder whether these outcomes say as much about Southern democrats (and other voters) as about Obama's performance as president. At the very least, it's worth noting the large north-south divide in his primary vote tallies. (It's also worth noting that, according to a report I heard on NPR this afternoon, Obama received more total votes in Kentucky's Democratic primary, which he lost in the last campaign to Hillary Clinton, than Mitt Romney received in that state's Republican primary.)

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