Why Presidential Candidates are Skipping Sacramento


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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, November 26, 2007

In the last two months, Republicans John McCain, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson have each made public appearances in Sacramento.  But Democrats have focused on the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
 
Sacramento State Communications Professor Barbara O’Connor says there’s a simple explanation.
 
O’Connor: “Bang for the buck – come in for money to Sacramento but go elsewhere for voters.” 
 
And O’Connor doesn’t think that’ll change before California’s February 5th primary.
 
O’Connor: “I think you will see a number of the Republican candidates in for public events – particularly with the affluent voters in the El Dorado Hills / Placerville area.  But I don’t think you’ll see many Democrats in for big public events.”
 
With the city of Sacramento largely Democratic, and the suburbs mostly Republican, O’Connor says there aren’t many undecided voters for campaigns to target.