by Angela Blanchard
Friday, Aug. 29, 2008
ANCHORAGE, Alaska-- On Thursday night Democrats and supporters of Barack Obama for president were fired up as the Democratic National Convention came to a close.
But less than 24 hours later Republicans stole the show both nationally and in Alaska.
History supports the idea that a vice presidential candidate can generally carry his or her home state.
So does the Obama campaign in Alaska worry that a Sarah Palin vice presidential candidate will snuff out their enthusiasm?
Not so, say the campaign's state organizers.
More than 500 Alaskans watched Barack Obama's acceptance speech downtown Thursday night, hoping if ever there was a year for democrats in Alaska, this was it.
"It's time for a change. I'm tired of the old guys, it's time for somebody new," said Obama supporter Earl Smith.
But just as quickly, another "somebody new" entered the ring. Some say Palin has all but ruined Obama's prospects in the Last Frontier.