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DNC: Dems in red states know there’s little hope

Rocky Mountain News
Vail, CO Colorado

DENVER, Colorado ” Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, while deeming himself an enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama, acknowledges there is little chance of the Democratic candidate carrying his home state.

“Realistically, it’s going to be very, very tough,” said Bredesen. “If they asked me, I’d say spend your time in Ohio or some of these other states where it’s going to be very close.”

Indeed, Bredesen himself made a campaign swing through Ohio last week urging Buckeye State voters to back Obama. He has not yet done so in Tennessee, which in 2000 voted for Republican George W. Bush over Tennessean Al Gore Jr. This year, Hillary Clinton won the state’s presidential primary.



A sampling of delegates from other states that typically tilt Republican in presidential found some who believe Obama gives Democrats a better chance than usual, but all saying that hard work and campaigning will be needed.

Kansas delegate Steve Cadue and Alabama delegate Bob Harrison, for example, said prospects of a Democrat carrying there states are better than ever.



“It’s possible,” said Cadue, chairman of the Kickapoo tribe, adding that a voter registration push in urban areas and the popularity of Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as positives for his party. “That is better than usual.”

Harrison, a Madison County commissioner, noted that20Obama carried Alabama handily in the primary and said economic troubles will benefit the Democrat. The worse the economy, he said, the more people move toward “liberal politics.”

Texas delegates James Foreman of Wills Point and Angela Wells of Houston said Obama is a definite underdog in Bush’s home state, but they believe he has a chance.



“He’ll do better than we normally do,” said Foreman. “If we got enough campaigning down there, it could get downright competitive.”

Arkansas delegate Omaya Jones of Little Rock said Obama faces an uphill run in his state, but has a chance “if we knock on enough doors, make enough calls and get people out to vote.”


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