03/28/2008 02:46 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Red States Unlikely

Can Barack Obama turn red states blue? As talk has turned to a potential general election matchup between the Illinois Democrat and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a heated debate has begun over whether Obama's message of post-partisan politics can fundamentally alter the electoral map -- making previous Republican strongholds competitive in a general election....

...Of the 14 red states Obama has won in this nominating contest, half of them haven't voted for a Democrat for president in a general election in more than 40 years. Lyndon Johnson in 1964 was the last Democrat who won Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Utah and Virginia. Meanwhile, five states have backed a Democratic presidential candidate sometime in the past 20 years: Colorado (1992), Georgia (1992), Missouri (1996), Louisiana (1996) and Iowa (2000).

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