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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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stchaz wrote:
Oct. 21st, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
What is all this racist talk. You people see racists behind every bush and street sign in America. Here's a novel thought for all you tolerant liberals out there: Not everyone who votes against Obama is a racist. Some of us want smaller govt., lower taxes, to write our own energy future, our 1st and 2nd amendment rights upheld, more ORIGINALISTS on the Supreme Court, no infanticide, no way do we want FREE gov't healthcare. You see there are many reasons to not want Obama elected and none of them are racial. I liked Obama at first before the Wright and Ayres (non)scandals broke. he's just a cheap hustler who is not ready to lead and IMO a racist.
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