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Rejecting Obama's home state?

April 28, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown suggested over the weekend that Barack Obama might fare better with Indiana voters if Obama werenâ??t from Illinois.

Indiana folks think of Illinois â??as the land of hoods and thugs,â?? Brown said. Illinois people for that matter regard Indiana as a â??toxic waste siteâ?? populated with hicks and rubes.

In short, neither state likes the other. â??Sometimes it seems our only common ground is a mutual lack of affection for Northwest Indiana,â?? he said.

In a day when Indiana people trek to Chicago for recreation, is Obamaâ??s home state an issue for Indiana voters?
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