Magazine November 1, 2010, Issue

‘President Who?’

John Raese on parade (Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)
A Senate race in West Virginia illustrates the danger of being associated with Barack Obama

Elkins, W. Va.

At the Forest Festival parade, thousands of folding and lawn chairs are lined up on the sidewalks of the main thoroughfare, a street with a courthouse and fast-food chains, a Baptist church and a liquor store, all nestled beneath rolling hills cluttered with trees that are ripening into yellow and orange. The parade features high-school marching bands, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and local girls crowned Forest Festival royalty, who wear velvet dresses and wave to the crowd. When folks see someone they know in the parade, they holler at him.

Election Day being only about a month away,

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