Monday, April 21, 2008

Pennsylvania: Clinton Country

For an excellent overview of the history and demographics of Pennsylvania politics, see Michael Barone here.

Although I would not call myself an expert on Pennsylvania politics by any stretch of the imagination, I lived in the northeastern part (south of Wilkes-Barre) of the state for a couple of years back around 1990. Most of the people in this old coal mining region were descendants of east European immigrants who came to work in the coal mines. The continuing ethnic consciousness and divisions of the region made politics there interesting. However, Mr. Barone is right. The predominately elderly, largely uneducated, and white population in the areas of the state outside Philadelphia and Pittsburgh should vote heavily for Hillary Clinton.


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