In an article this morning titled “Congressional hopefuls ride the Obama wave,” Politico suggests that some Democrats in conservative districts (like Bright) won’t run as far as usual from the party’s presidential nominee as they sometimes do – if that nominee is Obama.
Obama was one of the reasons behind [Bobby Bright's] decision to run. The district, centered in Montgomery, has a 29 percent black population and overwhelmingly voted for Obama in Alabama’s presidential primary.
Those results proved encouraging to Bright, who needs high turnout from African-American voters to prevail in the heavily Republican district.
Bright’s campaign recently released a polling memo suggesting that a huge show of support from the African-American community could “add 3 to 5 points” to his margins against leading Republican opponents.
Not sure if they should have said the district was “centered in Montgomery,” though they might could have gotten away with “anchored in Montgomery.”