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Bellwether County Chooses Obama

Vigo County, Indiana, has been accurately picking presidents since 1892, with just two exceptions. In fact, no other county comes closer to mirroring the national results in presidential elections. And today, Vigo County went with Democrat Barack Obama.

Obama won 57% of the county's vote. Republican John McCain captured 42%.

Vigo County has a history of strong Democratic voting in local elections but the conservative Democrats there have supported Republicans in statewide and presidential races. That's especially true when guns, God, gay marriage and abortion are big issues at election time. But the county has suffered from lost manufacturing jobs. The economy seems to have overshadowed values in 2008.

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