John Kerry lost the rural counties in battleground states by 15 percentage points. Obama was able to narrow that deficit to seven.Read More...
By Bill Bishop and Tim Murphy
Barack Obama didn't win rural America, but he didn't lose here as badly as did John Kerry in 2004.
After the vote in Indiana and North Carolina, Democrats are favoring Obama, but the party remains split between rural and urban communities.
For the first time in a century, people born in some communities in the U.S. can expect to live shorter lives than those born a generation before. Most of those places are in rural America.
Hillary Clinton built her ten-point margin over Barack Obama with overwhelming wins in rural and exurban Pennsylvania.