Actually I fully believe it. I live in Mahoning County, Ohio and Kerry went with Rep. Ted Strickland, who is the (D) rep. for both part of Mahoning and Columbiana and a bunch of other rural counties. The only way Strickland got elected instead of a Republican was because he was a hunter, and a moderate. South of Mahoning is very rural, moral-based areas. Kerry went with Strickland thinking maybe some of his gun-protection voters would take note. Unfortunately this is the way politics works. However, no better than Bush having the press over to watch him cut wood in his back yard.