Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Lucas County [Toledo] Odd City in Clinton/Obama primary

The map shows the strength of Hillary Clinton in shades of red. Shades of blue, Obama, appear in the Ohio counties with large cities. Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton all voted heavily for Obama.

The lone exception on Tuesday was Lucas County and its large city, Toledo. Clinton received 52% of the vote. That makes this county/city unique in the state and prompts the question, Why?

It seems odd that, with all of the Obama workers walking door-to-door, the 5 satellite Obama offices to serve the neighborhoods, the TV and radio spots, and the huge 15,000 person rally at UT, that Hillary would carry the county.

Was it voter apathy? Did the Clinton team do a better job of getting out the vote? What was it that makes Lucas County the odd one out?

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