Obama increased his share of the electorate over Kerry's almost uniformly (by about 6%) across the board -- in some cases, that was enough to tip the state to his column but in other states, it wasn't. That essentially was the election. This was pretty much in line with the final polls. People who said race was a factor voted identically to those who said it wasn't. So much for the Bradley effect. Racism is dead in America. Hurray!
But as usual, the exceptions are interesting. Obama didn't improve over Kerry's margins in Massachusetts, Alaska or Arizona because those were the home states of Kerry, Palin and McCain. But Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginiai and Louisiana ... what's up with them? These are the only states where significant numbers of people who voted for Kerry didn't vote for Obama. Not happpy that Oklahoma is amongst a handful of states where racists still lurk in large numbers.
Jim Inhofe won without a sweat in Oklahoma. Even Sarah Palin compares favorabily, corrupt and complexity-free as she may be, to Jim Inhofe. I didn't expect Inhofe to lose. But in a heavily Democratic year, one would think that such a bad senator would be somewhat vulnerable. But no. Oklahomans will vote for any body as long as he has a (R) by his name. Sigh.