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Simple explanation: Race

Forget Hillary's television commercials and her electoral support among women voters. Heidi Przybyla from Bloomberg provides (I think) the most common-sense explanation for the problems facing Barack Obama in an analysis of his relationship with the 'Archie Bunker' Democratic Voters. Barack Obama has an Archie Bunker problem. The white, blue-collar voters personified by the 1970s fictional television character cost Obama yesterday. His Democratic presidential rival, Senator Hillary Clinton of New York, beat him 54 percent to 44 percent in industrial Ohio, and 58 percent to 40 percent in heavily Catholic Rhode Island. In Ohio's 10th district of Cuyahoga County, a suburban enclave on Cleveland's west side that includes a large population of Polish-Americans, Clinton trounced Obama 61 percent to 37 percent, according to exit polls. In the state's Belmont County, an economically depressed Appalachian border area that is predominantly white, she had a 50-point lead