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Old 10-10-2008, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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After Hillary lost the in the primary, working class whites backed McCain. Due to the dire economic situation we now face, former Clinton supporters are moving toward Obama. The failing economy has overridden the race factor for many of these voters. In another thread, West Virginia was mentioned as moving toward Obama, probably for the same reasons.


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Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell says a drowning man doesn't care what color the person is who throws him a life preserver.
"This election is going to be decided when a husband and wife sit at a kitchen table, or a single parent sits at the kitchen table, looks at their bills and figures out who is most likely to help them with their financial condition," Rendell said. "If the answer's Barack Obama, nobody's going to care whether he's black, green, orange, purple, fuchsia or whatever."
In April, Rendell backed Clinton in the primary and had to answer questions after saying some whites in his state were likely to vote against Obama because of his race.
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Since early September, growing numbers of whites who have not finished college have been expressing the view that Obama cares about people like them, even as fewer say so about McCain, according to AP-GfK polling.
In early September, McCain had a 26-point advantage among white voters without a college degree who were likely to vote, according to the poll. But by late September, the advantage had dropped to 7 points, with McCain leading 46 percent to 39 percent among this group.
For Obama, that's far better than Democrats have done in recent presidential elections. President Bush carried whites who haven't finished college by 23 points in 2004 and by 17 points in 2000.
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Print Story: McCain losing ground with working-class whites on Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081010/ap_on_el_pr/working_class_voters&printer=1;_ylt=AqV62r92gM_wSP tq.ISscshh24cA - broken link)
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:21 AM
 
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There's nobody left!
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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It's simple - McCain has nothing to offer working class whites, or any other segment of the voting public, but his loathing of Obama ... and that ain't gonna pay the bills.
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:25 AM
 
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Isn't "Joe Six-Pack" a working-class white guy? Say it isn't so, Joe!!!!
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Isn't "Joe Six-Pack" a working-class white guy? Say it isn't so, Joe!!!!
Joe Six-Pack is down to a quart bottle of whatever's on sale, and he's starting to realize that he can't afford to vote for McCain.
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Old 10-10-2008, 08:04 AM
 
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Oct 1 poll indicated Obama doing much better with educated whites. The uneducated whites posed a problem though. Italicized excerpt from (Overview: Obama Boosts Leadership Image and Regains Lead Over McCain).
Obama also has increased his support among better educated white voters, gaining 11 points among whites with some college education and five points among white college graduates.
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Old 10-10-2008, 08:06 AM
 
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Many, many people are being affected by this economic crisis in our country and people will vote for the person who they feel is more likely to help them in their situation. I feel most people, and even more people now, are beginning to realize that there is more of a chance of getting that help by voting for Obama. Just my take.

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Old 10-10-2008, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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The DOW today certainly lends credibility to the fact that the World will need a US President willing to address the growing Economic crisis in a very steady calm methodical manner.
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Old 10-10-2008, 08:28 AM
 
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Obama went from a 3 point lead to a 8 point lead in the GW/Battleground tracking. That may be a result of sample adjustment but it had been one of the polls showing McCain close to their margin of error. Keep your eye on all the polls today. Zogby which I am no fan of now has Obama up by 5 but again I don't give Zogby much credit. It may shortly be that all of the polls will show him with at least a 5 point lead. We would have to wait a week or so for that to happen and for new periodic polls to come out and see if he really is trending higher. The GW poll has Obama going up Sidney going down.
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