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SANTA FE – Barack Obama’s victory produced many firsts, most of which have been discussed to death by national analysts.
One first that hasn’t been discussed is the election of a president from our 50th state of Hawaii.
President-elect Obama is more closely identified with Illinois now but he grew up in Hawaii and, appropriately enough, he used a 50-state strategy to win his election.
The 50-state strategy is controversial. Targeting winnable states is more efficient and less costly. But Obama raised more money and could hire more campaign workers than any candidate ever has.
That made possible a 50-state strategy, also used by Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean four years ago to raise big money.
It also seems significant that the Republican ticket was composed of candidates from the 49th state of Alaska and the 48th state of Arizona.
Had Gov. Richardson been selected by Obama as a running mate, that would have added the 47th state of New Mexico – an almost unbelievable coincidence.
Conventional wisdom is that both candidates on a ticket need to come from large states that offer a big pool of electoral votes as a base. Although Joe Biden is from one of the original 13 colonies, Connecticut has a relatively small population.
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