Originally Posted by Dave Lane
Okay I've got to ask what the **** is up with Iowa why are they progressive and why in the world are they Democratic up there when the whole rest of the Bible Belt surrounds them? Hell I had a store up in Des Moines for years and for the life of me I can't imagine that place being a liberal hotbed..
well, first Des Moines is Iowa's Dem stronghold, and our mayor seems fairly liberal to me. A dem needs more than just Des Moines to win statewide, but thats the base.
From there, we're close to Chicago on the east side. East Iowa (and DSM in the center) is blue and thats where our two Dem congressmen are, West Iowa is red and thats where our two republican congressmen are.
In a statewide race, the winner is the candidate who can move that dividing line in the state.
edit: if you look at Obama's map, thats about as much ground a Dem can give up eastward without losing.