With 73% of the precincts reporting, President Obama has won the Arkansas Democratic Primary.
The story was similar in Kentucky.
That makes three states in which the President failed to get more than 60% in the Democratic primary, running against a prison inmate (in West Virginia), an unknown, and "none of the above". It's hard to read much into this, but it means something. The WaPo has this:
One easy explanation — and the one regularly espoused by some Democrats — for Obama's struggles in Appalachia and portions of the South is simply that some white voters will not vote for an African American for president.
But although no one doubts that race may be a factor, exit polling suggests that the opposition to Obama goes beyond it.
And seasoned political observers who have studied the politics of these areas say race may be less of a problem for Obama than the broader cultural disconnect that many of these voters feel with the Democratic Party.
Broad patterns in elections reflect slower but equally broad shifts in the electorate. There is a lot here for Republicans to worry about, but it can't be good news for Democrats when an incumbent president of their party is running below sixty percent in state primaries.