Can Barack Obama Win Over Appalachian Voters?

By: Kimberly Burcham Email
By: Kimberly Burcham Email

Can Barack Obama win over Appalachian voters in November?

Some say visiting the region and picking Hillary Clinton as his running mate could help while others say even that may not be enough.

The primary election results show Hillary Clinton received 65 percent of the vote among democrats in Kentucky.

Obama supporters we talked with seem to agree that by choosing Clinton as his running mate would be a big help in the general election.

Some Kentuckians like Governor Beshear say the idea of Obama and Clinton as running mates is a "Dream Ticket" but political analysts say it's not certain this dream will become a reality.

"Well there's a chance. I don't know if there's a good chance. I think Obama is considering several different people for different reasons,” Dr. Tom Matijasic said.

Matijasic says the possible VP picks Include Virginia Senator Jim Webb, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and some others.

The primary results in Kentucky, though, show Clinton could help Obama.

"I'd say if he chooses Hillary as his running mate, I think he has the chance of winning the president election,” Charlotte George said.

Something Senator Clinton also says.

Obama didn't visit eastern Kentucky before the May primary and only ended up winning two counties in the whole state, but democrats in our region have different views about his absence in the mountains.

"I think he should've been coming to Kentucky and making more rounds. Which I know he did a couple times in western part of Kentucky but you know, we do have other parts of Kentucky that he should've come,” George said.

"I don't think he came to eastern Kentucky for tactical reasons. He had other states that he had to go to. I fully understand. He obviously did a very good job in going to these other states. He won the nomination,” Ned Pillersdorf said.

One thing these democrats say they do agree on is that an Obama/Clinton ticket is the best way for Kentucky to be a blue state come November.

Neither Barack Obama or presumptive republican nominee John McCain have any scheduled events in eastern Kentucky in the near future.

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