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Whether Kentucky is lost cause for Obama up for debate

Whether Kentucky is lost cause for Obama up for debate

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 10, 2012 at 11:50 PM

(WHAS11 Political Blog) -- Conventional wisdom and past performance suggest that Kentucky is a lost cause for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.  The two members of Congress from Louisville are of two minds on that presumption.

"42 percent of (Democrat primary voters) preferred uncommitted to the President of the United States," Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) told WHAS11.  "I think that was a stunning development."

"Obviously, the president is not going to be competitive in Kentucky," McConnell continued, "but I can't believe that is just a Kentucky phenomenon.  You had a lot of active Democrats who think the president has done a poor job, and so i think he has a lot of problems with his own political base."

Yet, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky Third Congressional District) acknowledged that the Obama campaign is unlikely to expend much energy in Kentucky, "but you know, strange things can happen," he said.

"President Obama is going to do very well in the Third Congressional District," Yarmuth predicted.  "If he wins the Sixth Congressional District and there is no other competitve races in the other Congressional Districts, you might get a strange turnout pattern that could give President Obama a chance."

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Scott Wartman spoke to Paul Whalen, chairman of the Campbell County Democratic Party:

"I think it’s frustrating that the Obama campaign isn’t investing more in Kentucky,” Whalen said. “I think it would pay dividends for him and the party as a whole. People here don’t know him like the Clintons. Clinton spent a lot of time here.”
 

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