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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:14 AM

Alaska a swing state in 2016?

Little noticed is that with no campaigning at all Obama got 41.6% of the vote in Alaska. That is the highest percentage any Democratic presidential candidate has earned in that state since 1968.

Maybe this could be a sleeper swing state in 2016?

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Reply Alaska a swing state in 2016? (Original post)
bluestateguy Nov 2012 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Nov 2012 #1
treestar Nov 2012 #2
bluestateguy Nov 2012 #3
Tommy_Carcetti Nov 2012 #5
bluestateguy Nov 2012 #6
Tommy_Carcetti Nov 2012 #9
MotherPetrie Nov 2012 #4
tibbiit Nov 2012 #12
WI_DEM Nov 2012 #7
sadbear Nov 2012 #8
tibbiit Nov 2012 #13
sadbear Nov 2012 #15
outsideworld Nov 2012 #10
Tutonic Nov 2012 #11
LynneSin Nov 2012 #14
Bandit Nov 2012 #17
LynneSin Nov 2012 #18
ashtonelijah Nov 2012 #16

Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:15 AM

1. Alaska has only 3 electoral votes.

Not much of a "swing" there.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:17 AM

2. Every vote helps though

And then you have global warming. Maybe it's a good idea to create a base of support.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:17 AM

3. New Hampshire is only 4

And it attracted quite a bit of campaigning.

You never know when you might need 3 electoral votes.

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Response to bluestateguy (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:26 AM

5. True, but the problem with Alaska is.....

.....the time and distance to travel there and gas expenses to do so.

A contigious small state like New Hampshire is one thing. Spending all the time and money to go up to Alaska and back for 3 votes is another.

I wish it was easier for Alaskans.

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Response to Tommy_Carcetti (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:29 AM

6. All good points, but I'd add this

Since that state so rarely sees presidential candidates, I bet you one or two visits would get a lot of bang for the buck.

In 2008 the Obama team was setting up to make a play for Alaska, as some encouraging polls had come out. But when Sarah Palin was selected, the Obama people abandoned the idea.

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Response to bluestateguy (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:33 AM

9. Maybe.

Do you think a visit or two would help overcome some of the underlying cowboy mentality by some up there? You never know.

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Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:25 AM

4. No wonder Sarah Palin's hair looked like it was exploding off her head on election night

 

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Response to MotherPetrie (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:11 AM

12. she wears wigs

tib

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Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:30 AM

7. Doubtful. Maybe Georgia where he got 46%

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Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:32 AM

8. I hope that means Mark Begich's seat is relatively safe in '14.

We've got a lot of Democratic incumbent senators in deep red states up for reelection in 2014. And you know the republicans will be running on obstructionism AGAIN.

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Response to sadbear (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:14 AM

13. I hope

but since i live here, it isnt safe. no democrat seat is safe with 24/7 rightwingers foaming at the mouth.
They have been preparing to take back that seat since 1 second after he won. Hopefully he can hold on to it. I and my fellow democrats are trying to make that happen too.
tib

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Response to tibbiit (Reply #13)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:19 AM

15. Great work.

You're fighting the good fight. Keep it up!

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Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:39 AM

10. interesting observation

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Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:41 AM

11. Greater chance of becoming a "swinger" state than a "swing" state in 2016.

nt

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Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:16 AM

14. We won a senate seat there

And Alaskans took the time to write in Lisa Murkowski's name instead of voting for the crazy teabagger Joe Miller. I know Murkowski is a republican but she's pretty moderate.

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #14)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:43 PM

17. Can you give an example of anything she has done you would consider moderate?

She voted for the Blunt amendment, she has walked in lock-step with the GOP ever since she first arrived at the Senate which was because her daddy picked her, not the people...

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Response to Bandit (Reply #17)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:49 PM

18. Well to be honest, compared to other Republicans she isn't as vile

but yeah you're right!

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Response to bluestateguy (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:23 PM

16. If Alaska is a swing state, then Mississippi is definitely a swing state -- Obama: 44%

But I don't think so.

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