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President Obama vs ‘Uncommitted’: The Kentucky primary explained

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President Obama’s inability to break 60 percent of the vote against “uncommitted” in Tuesday’s Kentucky Democratic primary drew national headlines and set off a debate about the role race and culture played in the strong vote against the incumbent.

Now, thanks to the Louisville Courier Journal, we have a visual representation of how the “Obama vs uncommitted” primary played out. (Make sure to read Joseph Gerth’s whole piece breaking down the where and why of the primary vote.)

Here’s the map:

Of the 53 (out of 120) counties that President Obama carried in the Bluegrass State, the large majority either contain a major city or the suburbs of a major city. He won a swath of counties beginning with the city of Bowling Green (Warren County) in the south-central part of the state moving northwest to Owensboro on the Indiana/Illinois border and then eastward into Louisville (Jefferson County).

In the eastern and western ends of the state — where rural voters dominate — Obama won almost nowhere. The one exception was Calloway County in the far southwestern corner of the state where Obama and “uncommitted” tied with 479 votes(!) each.

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