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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Obama in Appalachia 

The Clarion Content subscribes to the 538's electoral forecasts. They indicate President Obama has a good chance of retaining his throne regardless of what happens in Appalachia. Nobody seriously believes Obama is going to pick up any states in region that he did not win in 2008. But a lot of folks are wondering what his unpopularity there means and where it comes from; the Clarion Content finds this an interesting question, because it is our view that there is bit of a microcosm brewing in the Appalachian tempest that may be a harbinger of some white behaviors to come in a country heading toward a majority brown skinned peoples.

Here are a couple of takes that stir the surface of the question.

The Economist examines why people who identify as Democrats voted against Obama in droves in the Appalachian region's presidential primaries.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, in the Atlantic, takes on the underlying dynamics behind trying to bracket off Obama's race from the "other" reasons he is opposed in Appalachia.

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