Monday, November 3, 2008

Why COAL could be the NOVEMBER SURPRISE - No Early Voting in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is the state in which John McCain is hoping to close the deal on the presidential election. In the closing weeks of this campaign, both McCain and Palin have spent significant time in the Keystone State in hopes of gaining support in the Democratic territory. What is more significant is that Pennsylvania is a state which DOES NOT allow early voting. That means that last minute issues - such as the scandal on Obama and his stance on Coal - could turn out the vote in Western Pennsylvania, where voters have already been called "racist, bible clinging, gun toting rednecks" by Obama, Biden, and Dem. Congressman Murtha.

Mike Carey, president of the Ohio Coal Association (OCA), today issued the following statement in response to just-released remarks from Senator Barack Obama about the nation's coal industry.
"Regardless of the timing or method of the release of these remarks, the message from the Democratic candidate for President could not be clearer: the Obama-Biden ticket spells disaster for America's coal industry and the tens of thousands of Americans who work in it. These undisputed, audio-taped remarks, which include comments from Senator Obama like 'I haven't been some coal booster' and 'if they want to build [coal plants], they can, but it will bankrupt them' are extraordinarily misguided. It's evident that this campaign has been pandering in states like Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana and Pennsylvania to attempt to generate votes from coal supporters, while keeping his true agenda hidden from the state's voters."
The area in question has the potential to swing Pennsylvania towards McCain/Palin. Consider the following graphs:

The upper left is the county-by-county 2004 results for President, with an outline of the coal fields, as indicated by the survey map below. To the right of that picture is a more accurate purple map, indicating that as many as 5 counties in Western PA are "swing" counties, and two in Eastern PA, which fall into the Coal Belt.

Obama's audio, as provided by my previous post, could help undecided (and decided) voters in those key areas to vote in favor of a candidate who has not just endorsed the idea of bankrupting and eliminating their jobs.

With no early voting in the state, and a number of undecided voters in the region, this could be the boost needed to push PA over the line and into the McCain camp. It's the jobs, energy costs, and economy stupid!


  1. I like your blog..Just discovered it this morning when I read your articles concerning the introduction of Sharia Law to Britain.

    In regards to the USA Presidential Election today -- To me it's looking like a repeat of the 1860 election of Lincoln. If McCain gets elected half the country don't accept it and if Obama gets elected half the country won't accept it.

    The dogs of war are barking loud this morning in America..

    Sincerely, Ronbo

  2. It seems like the pot is calling the kettle black

  3. Steven -- I heard directly from an executive in the coal industry, and he told me something that should scare everyone: "Electricity costs would skyrocket" under Obama.