Go to love the blindness displayed by this “reporter”
Turnout records fall even in GOP-friendly states
By PHILLIP RAWLS, Associated Press Writer
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Even in reliably red states where Barack Obama has little chance of winning on Tuesday, unprecedented numbers of registrations and early votes have been tallied, and elections officials are predicting a record turnout in places where neither candidate even bothered to campaign.
Gosh, imagine that. “Even in reliably red states” more people are going to the pools. I wonder, could these be Republican voters?
An aggressive and well-financed get-out-the-vote campaign helped Obama’s campaign mobilize unprecedented numbers of African-American and new voters who could help decide the presidential election by swinging states like North Carolina and Virginia to the Democrat.
But even in states like Alabama, Utah, Nebraska and Oklahoma, Republican strongholds where John McCain could post double-digit wins, Obama’s candidacy helped boost registration numbers, particularly in urban areas. Republicans countered by mobilizing their own base, a process aided by McCain’s vice presidential pick, Sarah Palin, who’s popular among conservatives.
Ah, so Republicans could be voting in record numbers, too.
“It may not shift Alabama from red to blue, or shift Tennessee from red to blue,” Ferrel Guillory, an expert in Southern politics at the University of North Carolina, said of the turnout projections. “But it could have an effect over the long term.”
No, says the “expert”, it’s all about the Democrats.
But even as Obama managed to inspire Democrats in decidedly red states, Republicans had a secret weapon of their own in rallying conservative voters.
Wow! What is this “secret weapon”? Is it vote suppression? Is it super KKK?
McCain’s selection of Palin was critical to building enthusiasm among the party’s traditional base, said Merle Black, a political scientist at Emory University in Atlanta.
Oh! It’s the Vice Presidential Candidate! That’s a “secret”?
“She is giving a voice to a lot of conservative voters — particularly evangelicals — in a way McCain never could do on his own,” he said. “She’s a heroine in the religious community.”
Early voting in Oklahoma set an all-time high, and a record turnout on Election Day appeared likely, according to Mike Clingman, election board secretary. Polls there have shown Obama getting about a third of the vote, about the same as John Kerry four years ago.
In other words, for every one new Obama voter, there are two new McCain voters.
State Democratic Party Chairman Ivan Holmes is expecting a strong Obama turnout in urban areas, but he anticipates a backlash in some conservative areas where the candidate’s race may be a factor — “especially among older voters.”
Ah, that’s it! It’s racism! That’s what’s getting the Republican voters out.
Texas saw its voter registration hit a record 13.5 million this year. But neither presidential candidate spent much time in a state that has gone Republican in every election since 1980.
Randall Dillard, spokesman for the secretary of state, said both sides were driving the registration boom.
“History can be made,” he said, “no matter how this race goes.”
So, in the second to last sentence of the article, we finally get the useful information: both sides were driving the registration boom.
Tags: Election 2008