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North Carolina has been a Republican stronghold for decades. So can Barack Obama really overcome the history of racial prejudice in the southern states?

The polls suggest that America will elect Barack Obama its first black president in two weeks. But the tidal wave of enthusiasm for him points to him not just winning the White House but capturing two important states of the Old Confederacy, North Carolina and Virginia.

Both have reliably gone Republican during every presidential election for 40 years, and only once since 1948 has Virginia voted to put a Democrat in the White House. On a US electoral map, these are the highest peaks of prejudice the Democrat is poised to overcome. North Carolina, especially, is a place where some of the nastiest race-based campaigns have been fought in modern times. The ground is now shaking under the country club Republicans as the polls give Senator Obama a margin of some 10 percentage points in Virginia and put North Carolina on a knife edge. Read more.

Question: Can Obama really pull this off and does it mean a sea-change in US society as well as politics?

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polarisdib wrote:
Oct. 20th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
I honestly expect Obama will lose quite a few states in the South, especially North Carolina and Virginia. I know the polls say otherwise, to a slight degree, but y'know the thing about polls... I've never taken one, and I've not really ever seen an ignorant racist take one either. I honestly never know a single person who ever does, really, so I don't know where they come from. But at any rate, I'm a very prejudiced person: I pretty much expect Southerners to be all Confederate and racist and stuff, even though for a great many of them that's not the case. So there you go.

On a more serious note, the only public way I have to deal with elections is to see what is going on in my community, and what goes on in my community is vastly different than what goes on in North Carolina. Luckily, my sister lives in North Carolina, so if I ever decide that I care what they think, I can ask her.

--PolarisDiB
herekittykitty wrote:
Oct. 20th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
My sister lives in NC too, and she says if she sees or hears another Obama smear ad, she'll scream.
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