Friday, October 17, 2008

Vuja De?

Ever get the feeling that what you're experiencing now is an exact duplicate of something you'll be experiencing again in the future? It's kind of a sickening feeling...

National Democratic operatives pulled out of Alabama’s 3rd District shortly before Election Day in 2002, conceding the newly redrawn open seat to the GOP so they could reallocate resources to districts in other parts of the country where they thought they had a better shot of winning.

The decision was made in part based on polling that showed Democratic nominee Joe Turnham underperforming among the district’s African Americans — who make up about 30 percent of the voting-age population — according to Rep. Artur Davis , the state’s only black representative in Congress.

The Democratic Party got a bit of a shock on Election Day that year: Turnham did better than expected with black voters and lost to current Rep. Mike D. Rogers by less than 4,000 votes out of more than 180,000 cast in a race that also included a libertarian candidate, leaving Democrats to wonder whether they might have picked up that seat if only they had kept their resources in place.

That was written in CQ Politics today. The story speculates about the effect of increased African American turnout due to the historic nature of this election this year.

In case you're wondering, the Demographics of OH-12 include:
African-American alone or in-combination with one or more races: 23%

Number of new Franklin County registrations in 2008 in OH 12:

And Vuja De? Nothing but a made-up term for a silly delusion, right?

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