The Republican Party's Worst Nightmare
That’s what ABC News sees in the West. Excerpts:
If Democrats' hopes are realized in 2008 and they win Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico, they pick off a total of 24 electoral votes -- more than Ohio, more than Pennsylvania.There are more interesting thoughts from ABC News on this topic, including the suggestion that Hillary Clinton might not be the right person to fulfill Democratic hopes in the Intermountain West.
That may have seemed a pipe dream a few years ago. But Democratic gains in the Inner Mountain states have party strategists drooling. In 2000, these eight states had not one Democratic governor among them. Today there are five.
If a Democratic presidential candidate can tap into what Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano have tapped into, the race would clearly not just come down to Ohio or Florida as it did in 2004 and 2000.
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(and yes, we know that sometimes they're very, very wrong. Other times, they're right on.)