February 17th, 2010
04:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Cafferty: Why are some Obama '08 'blue' states turning 'red' again?

Everything blue is red again... well, sort of.

Politico reports that the electoral map – which Pres. Obama remade back in 2008 – is returning to its old patterns.

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During the presidential campaign, there was lots of talk about how Barack Obama had changed the playing field and put several so-called red states into play.

By winning in places like Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia and the Mountain West, Obama didn't need to rely on states that had decided previous elections, like Florida and Ohio.

Fast forward a year and a half... Democrats are facing some tough races for Congress and governorships in November in these very same states. No doubt Republicans are loving it, with one congressman saying: "One election doesn't make realignment."

But Democrats insist these states that used to be red will be competitive now, although some worry that without Pres. Obama on the ballot, young voters and African-Americans are more likely to sit this one out.

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