How Blue? Downticket strength

The familiar imagery of blue state and red state America reduces politics to a simplistic split of a smaller number of Democratic states clustered in the Northeast, the Great Lakes, and the Pacific Coast and a larger number of less populous Republican states in the south and middle of the country.

To some extent, the 2006 midterm election solidified the Democratic hold on "their states." Twenty of the thirty pickups came from either blue states or from Ohio and Indiana.  Democrats picked up state legislatures and governorships (MA, OH)from within the area.  

The narrative below the fold examines the overall status of both blue and red states and indicates that the blue states are, in fact, more strongly Democratic than red states are Republican.  The upcoming 2008 Senate races may well further confirm this trend.

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Clinton Leads In New Georgia Poll

Hillary Clinton leads in a new Georgia poll by Strategic Vision.

Hillary Clinton 27%
Barack Obama 20%
John Edwards 15%
Al Gore 11%
Wesley Clark 4%
John Kerry 3%
Joseph Biden 2%
Bill Richardson 1%
Tom Vilsack 1%
Chris Dodd 1%
Dennis Kucinich 1%
Undecided 13% yId=109

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Lieberman May Support GOP Or Independent Candidate For President In 2008

Sen. Joe Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee who is now an independent, said on Sunday that he is open to supporting the Democratic or Republican nominee or even an independent third party candidate for president in 2008.Lieberman was defeated in the Democratic primary in his reelection campaign and was successful in the general election as an independent. This is apparently his first statement since being Al Gore's running mate that he may support a Republican or third party candidate in 2008. yId=108

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Hillary Clinton Draws Overflow Crowd In Iowa

Hillary Clinton drew an overflow crowd in her first Iowa appearance. A crowd of around 800 was expected and over 3,000 people showed up requiring that a gym facility be opened to accomodate the Clinton supporters. yId=107

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Wesley Clark Cancels Session With SEIU Board

Blog reports indicate that Wesley Clark has cancelled his session with the 60 members of the international executive board of the Service Employees International Union. SEIU is meeting with Democratic presidential hopefuls at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. yId=105

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