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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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pennyann wrote:
Oct. 20th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
My dad says they could have put a cardboard box up for election in the democratic slot and it would have won, such is the referendum against the Bush Administration and by extension the Republicans in general. This is kind of stretching it, but honestly it usually happens that way... extreme or dire circumstances lead to a party change in the White House. I'm not sure why people are surprised, considering the state of the country, that a Democrat would be winning in places he hadn't won before.

Everyone is trying really hard to make this about race. Everyone is trying to nitpick every little thing and talk about it and how it might affect the outcome of the election and then the country as a whole. C'mon people, it's not that nuanced. Look at Bush's approval rating and think about where we are as a country... isn't that enough to answer most of our questions about why people are supporting a Democratic candidate right now?

I'm not trying to sell Barak Obama short here either. I have expounded on what I feel are his qualifications and why I feel he is the right choice, so I'm not trying to make it sound like I don't think he is the man for the job and any Democrat would have been elected.

The combination of the two though... makes it more than obvious to me without further nitpicking necessary.
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