The Roanoke Times Editorial: What Democrats can learn at their 'rural retreat'
This is a great article about Democrats needing to connect with rural voters better. Here is a bit from the article:
Yes, rural areas are culturally conservative. The voters who are most concerned with those cultural issues ought to be voting for Republicans. Those aren’t votes Democrats will ever win. However, Democrats do a lot of things to hurt themselves in rural Virginia and don’t even realize it.
For instance: How about actually paying attention to rural Virginia? The impression that many rural voters have is that Democrats have morphed into an urban-suburban party that simply doesn’t care about them anymore. You don’t seem to talk about the things that matter most here.
When you consider Democrats did not compete in 44 state legislative races in the last cycle it becomes clear what the problem is. Bottom line, If you do not ask for their vote, you are making it clear you do not think they are important.