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colonel odis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-16-04 04:53 PM
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32. as far as 2000 in tn, here are a couple of things to consider, perhaps
bush or cheney was here 5 times (i believe that's the number) that fall. they spent a disproportionate amount of time and money here. part of their leftover ken starr humiliation strategy was to make sure gore lost his home state.

james k. polk also lost tennessee in 1844 to henry clay yet still won the white house. (just as gore did.)

in 2000 tennessee had (and still has) two republican senators. at that time it had a republican governor. though now we have a democratic one with an 80% -- that's not a typo -- approval rating.

east tennessee always has been and probably always will be republican. that's 1/3 of the state the democrats lose off the bat.

personally, i think kerry has a great chance here. edwards won't hurt that either. edwards makes it ok in a lot of people's minds to warm up to kerry. if a regular guy like johnny reid likes him, then he must be sort of allright.

tennessee has also been hit very hard by job losses. get out of nashville and into some of these little counties, and there's not shit in the way of employment opportunities.

but for tennessee even to be in a dead heat is a quantum leap from where the electorate here was 4 years ago.
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