Two polls out recently report this about the presidential race in
First, we must understand that
They have fled
Second, the state does not have a dominating metropolitan region which sets the political tone of the state and functions as the major economic engine, as is the case increasingly in places like
While each of these regions has a different cultural and economic make up, they are all suffering. Indeed, the smell of economic desperation pervades all corners of the state now.
Third, until 2006
On the one hand, it has left Congressional districts (and state legislative districts) more elegantly gerrymandered than those in
On the other hand, this Republican domination has left the state Democratic party in a shambles. Over the last decade, Republicans routinely ran un-opposed, the party raised virtually no money, and it had no organizational presence at the grassroots level.
The good news is that