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07:34 PM on 08/03/2009
I'm kinda happy to see Oklahoma "leaning Blue" on that map ... unfortunately those of us who voted for the opponents of Sen. Inhofe and, on the state level, against State Rep. Sally Kern are still underrepresented still have to deal with the unpleasant reality that people who do not represent us hold positions of power. We need to work harder in 2010 to turn Oklahoma blue.
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MuchMadness
dispensing divinest sense from inns of molten blue
07:30 PM on 08/03/2009
Party identification is meaningless in the South. The Gallup poll says that Oklahoma leans Democratic, but in federal elections Oklahoma is as red as can be. Lots of Southerners call themselves Democrats and vote for Democrats in state and local elections but vote for Republicans in presidential elections, U.S. Senate elections, and elections for the U.S. House of Representatives.
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graceland9
...and talk in the past and not the present tense.
09:06 PM on 08/03/2009
Good luck - but if Chester County in PA could turn blue, then any place is up for grabs. I know it's a lot of work - I'll be right out there with you, canvassing my heart out!
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07:27 PM on 08/03/2009
BIG and getting bigger ... goodbye irrelephants.
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k6007
Non illigitamus carborundum
07:50 PM on 08/03/2009
nice.
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YellowDogInRedCounty
I'm the baby; gotta love me!
09:54 PM on 08/03/2009
My new favorite word, thanks.
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GwenWare
Born creative!
07:23 PM on 08/03/2009
Okay Birthers, Boxtop U. Graduates, Repubthugs, and Neocoms, get all the tv/radio space you can and say the most outrageous things you can think of. With your help, we can turn all 50 states BLUE!
06:27 PM on 08/03/2009
What about the race in Virginia and New Jersey. Both of those are listed as leaning BLUE in this article and yet in both states, the governors' races are expected to swing republican in the upcoming election
( just three months away)
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judiNJ
The Free Market is Not Free
07:02 PM on 08/03/2009
Don't count us out, and by the way, the Republican is running around all the bluest counties making promises that would make a Socialist shudder. He is selling out left and right and infuriating the conservatives. NJ swings one way and another based on a little of this or that without too much forethought.
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graceland9
...and talk in the past and not the present tense.
09:08 PM on 08/03/2009
That's right, Judi - I'm there with you for Corzine!
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k6007
Non illigitamus carborundum
07:51 PM on 08/03/2009
Wishful thinking. Maybe nj...maybe.
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Ashamed-in-Texas
06:25 PM on 08/03/2009
Doing the Happy Happy Joy Joy dance!!! This is the first time I've seen Texas anything but red!!

Yee Ha!!!!
06:24 PM on 08/03/2009
I think the key point in the article is that democrats have almost always had a party id lead over republicans. In fact they have lead in 68 of the past 70 years. I imagine part of this has to do with union membership and the ties between unions and the democratic party.

The fact that independents are such a huge portion of the electorate is also something not explored in depth by this article. Many independents are conservative.
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Callyson
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07:07 PM on 08/03/2009
If you have evidence that union membership has increased by the same % as support for the Democrats has--over the past 7 months, as this article points out--I'd be curious to see the link. Otherwise, your causal link falls apart.
As for independent voters, the research I have seen shows them to be pretty evenly distributed in policy preferences between the platforms of Democrats and Republicans. Again, if you have evidence to the contrary I'd be happy to see it...
07:19 PM on 08/03/2009
I think it has more to do with getting out the vote.
It's easy to answer a phone poll, but the GOP has a history of getting it's base to the polls where the Dems have lacked the organization in the past.
Hopefully the turnout in 2008 sgnals a change, but compacency can kill the liberals progress.
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termgirl
terminate nuclear power
12:06 AM on 08/04/2009
If the people who worked so hard to elect Obama want him to succeed, they better
get involved in the mid terms.
06:19 PM on 08/03/2009
It is indeed a sad day for the Republican Party when Alabama is only "leaning" Republican.
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06:12 PM on 08/03/2009
So much for the alleged "weakness" of Obama, Reid and Pelosi. What all the conservative tub thumpers, tea baggers and birthers don't get is that the tide has turned against them big time. Wait until the next elections when they become even more of a minority. Methinks they're going the way of the Whigs. Yet, they continue to make utter fools of themselves with their obstructionism and hatred.
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Aslanspal
06:11 PM on 08/03/2009
Unemployment must come down by this time next year to 8 percent then down from there...Obama has a year

I am hoping for him and praying that he uses that bully pulpit to get people hiring again...corporations want more for less...they are really the villains.
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nola87
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06:07 PM on 08/03/2009
Obama's campaign commercials will just be pictures of the republican nominee, with his voice saying "Really?"
11:41 PM on 08/03/2009
A picture of M. Bachmann nominee fades up from black.

VO:
Look at this. No, I mean, seriously, just LOOK. I mean, come on!!!

Paid for by Democrats for "Oh, give me a freeking break!" for America.
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06:06 PM on 08/03/2009
Looking at the map, it looks like the Civil War is still going on, only with Utah, Wyoming and Idaho joining the Confederacy and Florida opting out.
05:56 PM on 08/03/2009
At this point, the Dems don't really have to do or say anything. Just let the Republicans keep on whirling away in their balletic deathspiral dance...that'll do the trick.
Sloane7
Proud Liberal
05:40 PM on 08/03/2009
We got the "good" states :)
05:28 PM on 08/03/2009
The GOP will be a long time coming back if they don't ditch these radicals and fanatics.