During Robert F. Kennedy’s candidacy, he gave an anti-war speech at K-State. At this comparatively conservative outpost, the crowds went crazy. A speechwriter remembers looking at the wild crowd reaction and saying, “This is Kansas, fucking Kansas. He’s going all the fucking way!”
I thought of that when I saw a set of new polls comparing Hillary and Obama to McCain in several key states. Surprisingly, Obama has a decent shot at winning Kansas. The results in KS are close to a statistical tie with those in Oregon, a state that swings politically, but usually winds up voting for Dems.
McCain (R) 59%, Clinton (D) 35%
McCain (R) 50%, Obama (D) 44%
Clinton (D) 52%, McCain (R) 43%
Obama (D) 48%, McCain (R) 46%
Clinton (D) 51%, McCain (R) 44%
Obama (D) 49%, McCain (R) 43%
Clinton (D) 52%, McCain (R) 42%
Obama (D) 47%, McCain (R) 44%
McCain (R) 49%, Clinton (D) 41%
Obama (D) 48%, McCain (R) 47%
I suppose this boosts Governor Sebelius’s VP chances, since winning Kansas would be fairly epic, and Obama actually has a shot.