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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  • by KentuckyGuy Location: Richmond on Jun 10, 2008 at 06:11 PM
    To Cat: Hope your welfare check is working out for you.
  • by Zeke Location: Olin on Jun 10, 2008 at 03:10 PM
    He`s got my white vote as long as he doesn`t team up with the Clintons.
  • by henry Location: letcher on Jun 10, 2008 at 03:01 PM
  • by cat on Jun 10, 2008 at 01:53 PM
    to Kentucky Guy, are you afraid of the name. What is in a name? Hussein was murdered because we had a president who wanted to get even for daddy. I will take my chances with Obama.
  • by Carl Location: left wing on Jun 10, 2008 at 12:30 PM
    Obama can't win here due to racism and that is why he played it safe (for his physical safety) and stayed away from parts of KY and WV. All he needs from KY is Northern KY, Louisville and Lexington and he has it. Mission accomplished.
  • by KentuckyGuy Location: Bluegrass on Jun 10, 2008 at 12:27 PM
    To Cat: There ain't no republicans running for President this year. You have a socialist/Marxist democrat called Barack Hussein Obama and then you have McCain. Mccain is just the least dangerous to the nation as a whole, where Obama and his hot Mama want to take a piece of your pie and give it to folks with smaller slices. Make those welfare checks a little bigger.
  • by Cat on Jun 10, 2008 at 09:23 AM
    Go ahead and put another Republican in as President. The republicans just voted against taxing the profits of the big oil companies. You think gas is high now just wait. I vote we all quit our jobs (I Teach) and let the Republicans take care of us. They will send us to Iraq to be killed. That is what will happen!
  • by BigEvil Location: E.Ky on Jun 10, 2008 at 08:28 AM
    I agree..Just cause he is the 1st Black man to run don't mean much. What about the gas and food prices right now..and even he he get's in there(Pray Not)what is he going to do. Make the same promises to break them also. I can alread see the garbage bill and other bills going up already. Cause they have to pay out so much in gas to pick up the trash they got to make there money back some how. We would be better off the right in someone than vote for any of them on the tickett in November
  • by Brad Location: Salyersville on Jun 10, 2008 at 08:12 AM
    he wont win with my vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Cat on Jun 10, 2008 at 08:08 AM
    I did not vote for him, but he could not do any worst than another Republican.
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