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Re: Missouri Bans Gay Marriage

Very interesting because more Dems than Republicans hit the polls, because of the hotly contested gubernatorial primary there. More GOP voters, could have meant a higher margin. I’m reminded too that Missouri is “one of the handful of ’so goes the nation’ states. It is racially representative, fairly evenly divided along party lines, etc.”

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