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May 8, 2008

Primary Contradictions

Over the course of the past several months, at turns enthralled and exasperated, we've noticed some unusual contradictions in the voting blocs, or supposed voting blocs, of the two Democratic contenders. Seeing as we may be nearing the end of the election's first phase (you know, when you put it like that it doesn't sound quite so momentous), we're now going to take a look at some of those. Or, just state them.

Barack Obama

Obama's coalition

He won red states with a left-of-center coalition. She won blue states with a centrist coalition.

He won urban areas and sparsely populated states. She won rural areas and heavily populated states.

His core constituency was African Americans, but he ran up some of his biggest margins in states that are overwhelmingly white (Colorado, Minnesota, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin). Her core constituency was white blue-collar voters, but she performed best in states with diverse populations.

And so on. We're sure there's some more. Go ahead and tell us some in the comments.

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