North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

Opinion

July 13, 2012

Our Views: Race for White House will largely pass Alabama by

AN NJN EDITORIAL — In case you didn’t know it, we are in a presidential election year.

In much of America, voters are already being bombarded with campaign commercial after campaign commercial, especially in toss-up states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Florida. Watch local television in someplace like Cincinnati, Charlotte or Orlando, and you would think the only advertisers around are Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, with a smattering of state and local candidates thrown in.

Except for the local races, you won’t see much of that here. You may consider that a blessing, as those ads can be downright nasty at times.

Alabama is already considered locked up for Romney and the Republicans. Most pollsters don’t even bother to survey the state by itself. Like much of the rest of the Deep South, Alabama is as hard-core conservative GOP as they come.

It’s not that way everywhere in the state, of course. The Seventh Congressional District, comprised largely of African-American voters, will almost assuredly back the incumbent. But they will be far outnumbered by conservative voters elsewhere, who didn’t like Obama in 2008 and like him less now.

Similarly, our state’s voters will return our incumbent representatives in the U.S. House to office. None face any serious threat from challengers this November. Spencer Bachus got more of a scare in his own  primary than he will in the general election.

So with Alabama and the rest of the South (except for Florida) solidly painted deep red for Romney and the Republicans, the campaigns will instead spend their advertising money in that handful of swing states that will determine our next president.

We’ll avoid much of the spectacle here. But blessedly, we’ll also avoid much of the stench.

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