Election Day Dispatches
Entry 8: Obama’s complicated relationship with white, working-class voters.
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In the exit polls, there is an interesting indication of President Obama’s relationship with white working-class voters: it’s not good. He is losing them to Mitt Romney nationally by 17 points: Romney 57 percent to Obama’s 40 percent. But in Ohio, Obama is only losing white working-class voters to Romney by 2 points: 50 percent to 48 percent. Is that because of the auto bailout? Or because of the ads that painted Romney as the embodiment of all the economic forces that put white working-class voters in a pinch?