Barack Obama won the nomination thanks to Southern cities.
An analysis of voting patterns by the Center for Rural Strategies shows that the Democratic presidential nominee won cities in the South handily, helping deliver the region to him despite his losses in rural counties.
Sen. Obama won the Southern cities by about the same margin that Clinton won Appalachia — and urban areas in the South delivered more than twice the number of votes as were cast in all of Appalachia.
They note that Hillary Clinton winning Appalachia by 750,000 votes and Obama winning Southern cities by double that number.
In North Carolina at least, Obama clearly ran an urban-centered campaign, focusing on the Interstate 85 corridor from Charlotte to Raleigh, with side trips to Fayetteville.
And with stops like Research Triangle Park, he was clearly aiming for the New South — a strategy that failed in the past for candidates like Harvey Gantt.
As noted: previously, Democratic consultant Brad Crone says that things have changed.
Hat Tip: Chris Kromm