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Obama’s wins in the Midwest are hardly a harbinger

November 11, 2012 • Business


FILE – In this April 27, 2012 file photo, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich participate in a roundtable discussion in Westerville, Ohio. No matter how long the nation’s unemployment rate hovered around 8 percent, the Northeast and the West Coast were never in doubt for President Barack Obama. No matter how far it might have fallen before Election Day, Mitt Romney was always sure to win the South and rural Great Plains. Nothing was so certain in the Midwest. Tuesday’s results reaffirmed the future of the Midwest as a political battleground where voters willing to look past party will decide the outcome of elections. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — No matter how long the nation’s unemployment rate hovered around 8 percent, the Northeast and the West Coast were never in doubt for Barack Obama. No matter how far it might have fallen before Election Day, Mitt Romney was always sure to win the South and rural Great Plains.

Nothing was so certain in the Midwest.

Iowa and the states along the shores of the Great Lakes from Minnesota to Ohio put Obama in the White House in 2008. Two years later, with voters in a foul mood as the Great Recession lingered, the GOP went five-for-five in races for the U.S. Senate, took over governor’s mansions in four states and state legislatures in five.

Yet on Tuesday, Obama beat Mitt Romney by again winning every state in the region save one. Wisconsin voters who elected a tea party Republican to the Senate in 2010 picked a liberal Democrat to join him, while voters in Minnesota pushed Login to read more

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