6.06.2008

Dakota Outlier

As a native of the upper Great Plains, I still pay attention to that area. As a North Dakotan, I am often mistakenly thought to be from South Dakota. People generally mix the two of them up. (Insulting, I know.)

Anyway, I'm surprised that Hillary Clinton won South Dakota in Tuesday's Democratic primary. I would classify South Dakota as a "lily-white state" - one with a minute number of minorities. A look at this map shows that other such states went to Obama. Examples include Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa.

The issue of Obama's church may have something to do with this. That wasn't really an issue when the other white states voted. Also, SD had a primary, rather than a caucus, which many of the above mentioned states had.

I would think it would be unsettling for Obama to lose a contest after the media has been calling him the winner for weeks now. But that isn't getting mentioned too much in the news.

2 comments:

Rachel said...

Did Obama even campaign in South Dakota? I didn't get the impression that he did, and if he wrote it off, it would be no wonder that he lost.

Also, isn't it weird that Obama won in "lily-white" states when in other states he didn't really bring in the white working-class vote? What does that mean?

Craig said...

He was there last weekend, making a few stops. He also had the states Democratic big shots (Daschle and McGovern) on his side.

Yeah, I don't really know why working class white Democrats voted differently that white farmer Democrats. Maybe it provides an opening for McCain.