Legend has it Richard Nixon would ask “Will it play in Peoria?” when he was determining if something had national appeal. Well, it looks like John McCain played pretty well in Peoria tonight.
Illinois Republican Electoral Map (New York Times)
On a more serious note, I wrote in my Huffington Post column that downstate Illinois would be an important test for Barack Obama.
“It’ll also be interesting to see how Obama performs downstate, which Salon‘s Edward McClelland has noted has a ‘history of working out racial questions for the rest of the country.’ The region produced the two men most responsible for ending slavery in Abraham Lincoln and U. S. Grant. But one hundred years after the Civil War, racial strife tore apart the town of Cairo, and in 2004, Obama ran second in the Democratic primary downstate.”
Looks like Obama ran second in 14 counties downstate again. I don’t think it’s Earth-shattering, but I do think it’s very telling.
Illinois Democratic Electoral Map (New York Times)