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A point we've been writing about this year -- that the suburbs are going more Democratic -- appears to have been borne out by the election results.
Bloomberg -- the news service, not the mayor -- reports that suburbanites were an important part of the Obama coalition, along with Latinos and young people. Obama built on John Kerry's vote total in suburban counties around Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Washington, D.C., Bloomberg reports.
``Republicans picked a rural vice presidential candidate who talked about moose hunting. How many Americans go moose hunting?'' Lang asked. ``They won small towns, but the problem is not enough people live in small towns. America's new small towns are called suburbs.''
The Washington Post reports that Obama improved his party's showing in other suburbs as well, such as Colorado and Florida, and notes that Obama won a larger share of the suburban vote than any Democrat since exit polling began in 1972.
"It is a problem for Republicans. As they continue to cater to their culturally conservative rural base, they continue to alienate educated voters," said Rep. Tom Davis, who is retiring and whose Fairfax County district was taken over by the Democrats on Tuesday. "The suburban vote is steadily slipping away, and the party's trying to ignore it and pretend it's not happening."
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