There may not have been a contest but there was a referendum of sorts on President Barack Obama in Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary in Kentucky.
Obama won with 58 percent of the vote but a surprising 42 percent of registered Democrats who voted selected "uncommitted" rather than cast a ballot for the president in the state’s closed primary.
Obama got roughed up in Arkansas' open primary, as well, where voters could select a ballot for either party. Unofficial returns showed a Tennessee attorney, John Wolfe, drew almost 42 percent on the Democratic side.
Obama’s numbers in Tuesday’s primary elections came with other numbers – a Quinnipiac University poll that shows Romney leading Obama 47 percent to 41 percent in Florida.
In a column under headline “Obama’s Southern Discomfort,” ABC’s Michael Falcone writes of what he calls an “uphill battle for the incumbent Democrat.”
“The results of yesterday’s primaries in Arkansas and Kentucky, as well as fresh polling numbers from Florida today, highlight a key challenge President Obama faces this election cycle: He not only has to rally his 2008 coalition of young, minority and college-educated voters in November, he also has to stem potential losses, in particular, among white voters,” Falcone wrote.
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