Carter won more than two-thirds of the 428 Appalachian counties in 1976, and Clinton won close to half (see chart below). In this election, the region was unkind to Obama; he won only 7% of Appalachian counties in his successful reelection bid last week.
It's probably not surprising to many reading this, but as a region, Appalachia has the highest rate of food stamp enrollment, at a whopping 21.9%. And that's in spite of a widespread refusal by eligible people to take part. And this is what the GOP is trying to do:
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