Barack Obama’s presidency has united Southerners in opposition to the White House like never before in recent memory. Even within the Democratic Party, the US president has a problem. Especially in the Upper South States which have a larger White percentage of Democratic voters, Obama is very unpopular. He lost ten counties and forty-one percent of the vote in West Virginia to a Federal inmate. Now in Tennessee and Arkansas (both of which are three-quarters White) he has turned in similarly unimpressive results. Fox News has the story:
Some presidential primary voters in Kentucky and Arkansas are taking a swipe at President Barack Obama, denying the incumbent nearly 4 out of every 10 votes cast on the Democratic side.
In Kentucky’s closed primary, about 42 percent of registered Democrats who voted selected “uncommitted.”
In Arkansas’ open primary, voters could select a ballot for either party. Early returns showed a Tennessee attorney, John Wolfe, drawing about 40 percent on the Democratic side.
The results in either state will not hamper Obama’s effort to gain the party’s nomination for a second term. Still, it’s a bit embarrassing for the Democratic Party and highlights Obama’s political weakness in Southern states.
It should also be noted that Southern voters have largely rejected the likely Republican presidential candidate. New England Mormon Mitt Romney turned off primary voters especially across the Lower and Trans-Mississippi South, losing South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Missouri (he also lost the upper, still-Southern portions of Florida). It seems that both presidential candidates have a Southern problem. Considering that neither candidate is from the South, has traditional Southern values or speaks to issues of concern to Southerners the primary results are not at all surprising.