The ripple effect continues to magnify:
"...according to a Talk Business–Hendrix College poll conducted on May 10, Obamaleads John Wolfe, a virtually unknown candidate, in Arkansas’s 4th congressional district by only 7 points, 45–38
Three weeks earlier, the Talk Business–Hendrix College poll showed the president leading by 65–24 in the slightly less conservative 1st district, but that was before Obama declared his support for same-sex marriage."
...now that the president has announced his support for same-sex marriage, it’s likely the discontent among southern Democrats will only increase.
“The president’s policies are wildly unpopular in a party that has historically supported mainstream Democrats like Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton,” says Republican state representative David Sanders. “He’s got some major problems, I think. A lot of it is driven by his new position on marriage.”
To be fair to the president, Arkansas and West Virginia have been reliable Republican states in the presidential election for years. Nonetheless, “I think that [his support for same-sex marriage] presents potential problems for states like Virginia and North Carolina,” Sanders notes. It appears that Obama’s much-discussed “Appalachian problem” is still alive and kicking. -- National Review