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Stereotypes anger W.Va governor

May 27, 2008 at 3:59 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- Gov. Joe Manchin III says he is tired of stereotypes of West Virginia voters as uneducated, saying that Sen. Barack Obama can still win the state in November.

The chairman of the Democratic Governors Association remains neutral in the Democratic presidential battle between Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton. But he reacts negatively to the idea that race was a factor in Obama's defeat during the West Virginia Democratic primary, The Washington Times reported Tuesday.

Manchin said the race factor is "so far off" from the truth about why Mrs. Clinton won the May 13 primary by an overwhelming 41 points. He said Obama should have spent more time in the state.

"I told both of them, Hillary and President Clinton both spent an awful lot of time here and it paid off for her. I'll guarantee you, (Obama) needs to come back and spend a little bit of time, and he'll do well also," Manchin told the Times.

Reports claimed rumors and false e-mails regarding Obama's faith and patriotism were part of the West Virginia campaign, prompting some Democratic activists and pundits to label the state's voters as backward, racist or uneducated.

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