Why Did You Yankees Elect Barack Obama?

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March 16 2012 11:26 AM

Why Did You Yankees Elect Barack Obama?

My new piece, clickable/linkable/shareable right here, is a little study of Republican voters in Mississippi and Alabama. All of them got the same question: Why do you think Barack Obama won in 2008? The most popular answer was some version of "because voters wanted a black president." I don't think that's wrong. For all of the jawing about the "Bradley Effect" four years ago, it was clear that the possibility of electing the first black president was more of a plus for Obama than a negative. Who doubts that it boosted his media appeal?

But click on through, and see what the two women who sing Rick Santorum's new theme song have to say.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.