Speak Your Piece: Indian Country’s Election
[imgbelt img=wenonaatleuppfarm1.jpeg]The 2012 election runs straight through Indian County. Native voters will be key in Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.
The presidential campaign this time around will be different than the last one. In 2008, for example, one of the accomplishments of the Obama campaign was a 50-state strategy. This time around Obama is more likely to focus on what it will take to win 270 electoral votes.
In that scenario: Indian Country’s influence will be key in six states, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. The Center for American Progress in a report, “The Path to 270: Demographics versus Economics in the 2012 Presidential Election,” says these states (I added Arizona to center’s list of states in play) are all “marked by fast growth and by relatively high and growing percentages of minority voters …” as well as an advantage for Obama among white college graduates. This could result in an effective election coalition.
In Arizona and Michigan you also have American Indians running for Congress and that could increase both enthusiasm and turnout. The recall election in Wisconsin is also generating a campaign infrastructure that could win there.
Nearly four years ago there was tremendous excitement in Indian Country because of the election of Barack Obama. But along the way we forget that it takes elections — not an election — to make hope and change so.