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“There are going to be people in Arkansas who do not favor gay marriage,” she said, “but there are more people who are coming around.”

DeLoach, who lives in Little Rock, said that most young voters in the state, many of them looking for jobs and saddled with college debt, stress to her that the economy is the primary issue.

“But you can focus on more than one issue at a time,” she said, arguing in favor of the party’s spotlighting of gay “marriage” and abortion. “Representing all people is the right thing to do. This is the face of the new Democrat. We get that you don’t want others to hide who they are. The world is changing and our party is coming along with it.”

The choices made by Democrats during this campaign suggest that their strategists believe this is turning out to be a base election: The party that will be best able to mobilize and energize its base has the best chance of winning. And celebrating same-sex “marriage” and abortion in a more open manner is one way Democrats can do that even if it costs them the support of socially conservative Democrats and independents. The delegates in Charlotte that I spoke to did not seem to mind.

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.


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