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Thursday, May 10, 2012

May 10, 2012 - Morning Headlines

- President Obama became the first U.S. president to publicly endorse gay marriage (ABC News):

- The Russian commercial jetliner that went missing yesterday was found. The wreckage of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 was found on the side of an Indonesian volcano. No survivors have been found (CNN):

- The U.S. Justice Department plans to sue Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio for alleged civil rights violations including  the racial profiling of Latinos (MSNBC):

- Forty people were left dead in Damascus, Syria as two large explosions rocked the capital (CBS News):

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  1. 0bama won the West Virginia Democrat primary. He defeated Keith Judd (or inmate 11593-051)59% - 41%. Judd defeated the incumbent President in nine counties.

    That is pretty remarkable for a guy to get 41% of the vote state wide with no Super PAC, no campaign ads, running against a sitting President, and no campaign appearances due to his incarceration.

    For a comparison, Inmate Judd got a larger percentage of votes than Ron Paul did in Virginia where only he and Romney were on the ballot. Judd got 41% while Ron Paul only got 40.5% (not much difference I know but Judd did get more).

    Does this meaning anything or is it smooth sailing for 0bama?

    1. Oops....I forgot the link. It is:

    2. I don’t believe that W. Virginia means much of anything.

      W. Virginia is and will continue to be a primarily red state, and this will continue if for no other reason than the fact that coal is to W. Virginia as cars are (or, were) to Detroit Michigan. Times two. And well, most Democrats and all their pesky EPA/environmental/etc regulations make it much harder on their economy in that regard.

      Needless to say, Democrats in WV also are a bit different from Democrats in other states. They represent more of a fringe aspect of the party, than a baseline.

      Combined with Obama’s ~30% approval rating in that state, as well as Obama’s campaign making no effort at all to change that, it’s not a shock they made this political move.

      At the end of the day, it’s simply 5 electoral votes he wasn’t going to get anyway.

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