The 2008 national elections are finally over, except for the "wining" (celebrations) and the whining. While Barack Obama claimed
That's the word from the Center for Rural Strategies, a communications and analyst organization based in
Barack Obama decreased his party's losses in rural and exurban
This year, according to the Center's analysts, Bill Bishop and Tim Murphy, Obama managed to tamp down the Republican advantage in rural and outlying suburban (exurban) areas. Obama's improvement in rural areas was especially pronounced in the hard-fought-for battleground states.
Nationally, John McCain won all rural counties by 13 percentage points. In battleground states — those states that John Kerry lost by 15 points in 2004, Obama reduced this deficit to just 7 percentage points.
Nationally, Obama won 43% of the rural vote (non-metro counties). He won 40.7% of the exurban vote.
The Obama campaign strategically plucked votes out of rural states. And, according to Bishop and Murphy, the campaign focused particularly on rural counties with colleges or universities.