Demillo: Can Obama Compete in Arkansas?

Arkansas Dems to Obama: Wish You Were Here!
Arkansas Dems to Obama: Wish You Were Here!

The AP’s Andrew Demillo weighs in on the question of whether or not Barack Obama can be competitive in Arkansas, where Democrats control all the levers of state power but which has been a red state in most recent presidential elections (Bill Clinton’s two races excepted).

Demillo talks to state Democrats, fresh off their Rocky Mountain High, who think it can happen—but a boost from the Clintons would be essential. And maybe a visit to the state by Obama himself.

The Arkansas Project has argued that it’s not likely that Obama could play in the Natural State. Earlier today, columnist Doug Thompson argued that the Sarah Palin VP pick likely seals up Arkansas in the GOP column.

Congressional Quarterly ranks the state as a “safe” hold for John McCain.

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