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Focus On: Military Bastions

No matter what else going on in the world, the economy is still the major issue that could swing votes this election, and nowhere is that more apparent than in military towns.

In our second report from Patchwork Nation's Dante Chinni, he reports from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, a military community in Southwestern Kentucky near Fort Campbell.


Consider Hopkinsville, where I am right now, gas prices are THE issue. And not just because it costs more to go to work, but because everything that is shipped costs more. And while that may be an annoyance in some places (a lifestyle issue that means tickets to Europe are simply too much) in lower-income communities it is a real life issue.

Here in Hopkinsville -- a place that should be BIG McCain turf -- the hard times, strongly driven by gas prices, have many here thinking the election will be closer in 2008 than it was in 2004. If the price of a barrel of crude dips way down or climbs back up it's easy to imagine tens of thousands of votes swinging.


"It's about gas prices. It's about food prices. It's about the economy," says one person close to the town and the military community. "People here don't like [Democratic Sen. Barack] Obama, but they don't like the economic situation either. More and more I hear people say they just aren't going to vote."

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