Obama’s huge margin in North Carolina was impressive; those who worked on his campaign there ought to be really proud of what they did.
In Indiana, I think we also should be proud of Obama’s performance, though he came up a couple points short.
From the beginning, I thought that Obama could win in this state pretty easily. It’s in Illinois’ back yard and there never seemed to be a whole lot of love for the Clintons here. Back in February, he had a seven point lead, but 21 percent of those polled were undecided.
Then Rev. Wright came. And then Bittergate. And then Rev. Wright came back. Those mini-scandals didn’t play well among conservative Hoosiers and about a week ago, things were looking bleak for Obama in the Hoosier state – I remember thinking that I would have been happy with a five-point loss.
But then something happened, and I’m not sure what it was. There seemed to be a change in momentum in Obama’s favor, perhaps due to the Wright affair quieting down. Or maybe it was as thousands of volunteers across the state went into action and to pound the pavement, knock on doors, and call their neighbors. When I canvassed on Saturday, I felt like a shift was taking place.
On Tuesday we voted, and those who were able knocked on more doors, made more calls and drove people to the polls. Indiana voted in unprecedented numbers.
Though the result was a little disappointing, we did what we needed to do and that was to lose by a narrow enough margin that would change the media narrative. And that’s exactly what we did.
Kudos to Obama volunteers and voters in North Carolina! This thing is over.