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February 28, 2013
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Letter: Associated Press article deemed misleading

AP article misleading

In a recent Associated Press article in The News-Review analyzing political trends, I found it to be both factually inaccurate and a bit misleading by omissions.

In the page one story, the headline read, “How the West has veered to the left: Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming remain Republican.” A more accurate headline would have also acknowledged the GOP victories in Alaska and Montana. If one includes states west of Minnesota, which would reference those west of the geographic center of the U.S., the Republicans carried 12 of the 19 states.

The article also failed to note that Obama’s margin of victory in every western state he carried declined from his 2008 numbers. Also, he was unable to add even one new state to the Democratic column despite a billion-dollar campaign and a Republican opponent who struggled to energize many members of his political base.

A more balanced analysis might have also pointed out that many of the battleground states won by Obama (Wis., Mich., Ohio, Va., Fla., Penn.) now have Republican control of both their governors’ offices and their state legislatures.

To me this shows that when Republicans run quality candidates with a well-articulated conservative message, in most states they have a good shot at winning.

Roger Shaffer


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The News-Review Updated Mar 27, 2013 08:49AM Published Feb 28, 2013 01:22PM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.